Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. CHD is also called coronary artery disease (CAD). Angina (chest pain) is the most common symptom of CHD. Other common symptoms include shortness of breath and fatigue with activity.
Heart Failure is a life-threatening condition in which the heart can no longer pump enough blood throughout the body. Cardiomyopathy, (weakening of the heart muscle or a change in its structure) is often associated with heart failure. The two major forms of cardiomyopathy are ischemic cardiomyopathy, which results from decreased blood supply and therefore, oxygen to the heart and non-ischemic cardiomyopathy, which can be caused by exposure to viruses, and alcohol and drug abuse.
Standard treatments for CHD and congestive heart failure are diet control, medications and surgical procedures such as stenting to open up clogged arteries or coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) to build detours around clogged portions of the arteries.
The Cells4health Stem Cell Heart Treatment
The heart treatment differs from standard methods because it is a drug-free alternative focused on repairing heart muscle and increasing blood flow within the heart muscle itself.
The entire procedure requires patients to stay in Beiruth for 4 or 5 nights.
Diagnostics and Physical Assessment
Before stem cell implantation, each patient undergoes blood tests at the clinic and a comprehensive physical assessment. This includes a CT scan, echocardiography and/ or ergosporometry.
Step 1 – Bone Marrow Collection
Bone marrow is collected from the patient’s iliac crest (hip bone) using thin-needle mini-puncture under local anesthesia. Although some pain is felt when the needle is inserted, most patients do not find the bone marrow collection procedure particularly painful. The entire procedure normally takes about 30 minutes.
Once the bone marrow collection is complete, patients may return to their hotel and go about normal activities.
More detailed information on the bone marrow collection procedure is available in the Bone Marrow Informed Consent document (PDF file).
Step 2 – Laboratory Processing
The stem cells are processed from the bone marrow in a state-of-the-art, government approved (cGMP) laboratory. In the lab, both the quantity and quality of the stem cells are measured. These cells have the potential to transform into multiple types of cells and are capable of regenerating or repairing damaged heart tissue.
Step 3 – Stem Cell Implantation
The stem cells are implanted back into the patient by angiography under local anesthesia or intravenously in cases for which angiography is not advisable.
A special catheter (thin hollow wire) is inserted into the femoral artery and then guided forward under x-ray scanning until it reaches the targeted areas where the stem cells are then injected. During this procedure, additional treatments such as coronary artery stenting can be performed if necessary. The angiography procedure takes about 90 minutes.
Once all the cells have been successfully implanted, patients stay at the hospital overnight for monitoring and to allow the catheter entry point to close properly. They may return home after being released from the hospital the following day.
IV – The stem cells are implanted directly into the bloodstream via intravenous injection. This procedure is very straighforward, quick and safe. Patients may leave the clinic very soon after the IV injection is complete.
Aaron Wood, Age 60 – 3 heart attacks and heart failure
“I no longer have any angina pain or no shortness of breath – no symptoms whatsoever. I am walking 3 miles per day and lifting heavy weights again. I consider this a complete reversal. I saw my cardiologist 2 weeks ago for more testing and he is still shaking his head!”
To begin the treatment evaluation process, you must complete an online medical history form. Once you’ve completed the online medical history and submitted it, a patient relations consultant will contact you. He or she will assist you with the rest of the evaluation process. Upon treatment approval, your consultant will also assist you with treatment scheduling and trip preparation.