The prevalence of cardiovascular disease in all of its forms, has increased due to longer life spans, rising rates of obesity, and diabetes. While there are pharmacological agents on the market that can provide pain and symptom management to patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic artery disease (CAD), and hypertension, none of them can replenish or regenerate the cardiac cells that have already died and caused disease. These medications, though helpful in many ways, will not prevent a recurrence of any of these diseases either. While a short term fix is possible, its results are temporary and last only until the next crisis hits.
With the advent of stem cell research however, patients with cardiac ischemia or other life- limiting cardiac conditions have earned the ability to be optimistic and realistic about living longer than they anticipated. What feeds this paradigm shift is the ability of umbilical stem cells to regenerate into the tissues that are so badly damaged. Because these cells can literally become the cells patients need in order to survive, the promise they offer is nothing short of miraculous.
When to consider umbilical stem cell therapy
While umbilical stem cell therapy surely offers the promise of a new day,
it is crucial that choosing this treatment modality be based on clinical presentation, available resources, and a comprehensive patient history. For those already benefiting from more traditional care, umbilical stem cell therapy may not be what they need. In fact, in the spirit of the adage, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” subjecting patients who do not need this treatment to a stem cell transfer, can unnecessarily expose them to germs and greatly increase the risks of bacterial infections.
There are a number of cardiac disease and functioning protocols individuals must meet before becoming a candidate for umbilical stem cell treatment. These guidelines let both doctor and patient know if this is a realistic and necessary treatment option. In addition, these protocols allow the patient to subscribe to minimally invasive treatments, until such time they become candidates for the procedure.
How Umbilical Stem Cells improve cardiovascular health
Umbilical stem cells are extracted from the umbilical cord of a newborn, and after careful treatment, screening, and synthesis of the tissue, implanted into patients intravenously or directly infused through coronary arteries. While there are therapeutic properties to all types of stem cells, umbilical stem cells are generally healthier by virtue of being newer, and regenerate at a far more proliferative rate than other cells.
When provided to heart patients, it is of the utmost importance that umbilical stem cells get to the areas they are needed most. One of the determinants of which delivery method is used, includes whether or not the patient has sufficient blood flow to and from their heart, in the absence of other cardiac conditions. Patients with limited blood flow may receive their umbilical stem cells by way of an injection inserted directly into the ventricular wall. While IV therapy can be done outside of the operating room, ventricular wall injections are done via placement of a cardiac catheter or through open heart surgery.
As cardiac cells regenerate and health improves, patients who once thought they were dying are given the gift of more years, more time, and more life.
Maintaining a Healthy Heart
No discussion about heart health would be complete without at least some mention of diet and exercise. While there are heart conditions that are hereditary or congenital, there is much the population can do to improve their chances of not contracting heart disease.
Exercise has been proven to lower LDL cholesterol, improve cardiac ejection fraction, a determinant of how well blood flows through the body, and increases stamina and endurance. Together, these vastly contribute to a well functioning heart.
Proper diet on the other hand, can prevent high cholesterol levels, factors that lead to Type II Diabetes, and regulate blood pressure.”Diet” however is not only about eating fruits, vegetables, and lean meats, but emphasizes limited use of alcohol as well . It goes without saying that whatever exercise regimen or meal plan you choose, medical guidance is necessary so your cardiac care is well monitored.
Umbilical Stem Cell Therapy and Body Systems Wellness
As a doctor of chiropractic, Dr. Shahen Kurestian, DC understands how the body and its functions work together in times of illness as well as times of health. He and his staff maintain a dedication and conviction to traditional and complementary medicine, seeking to provide the public with a holistic approach to their health and welfare. With patient safety at the forefront of their practice, treatment is conducted with the least invasive and dangerous methods available. We encourage you to contact us at our offices in Glendale, California for a free consultation. With poor cardiac health as the worldwide, leading cause of death, you owe it to yourself to find out how umbilical stem cell treatments can improve your heart health.