UPDATE: In September 2015, it was reported that injecting live rat hearts with a special cell-loaded “hyrdogel” resulted in a higher survival rate and improved the ability to pump blood. A special hydrogel was designed by a team of researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine that allows the stem cells to safely survive and multiply. Read the full article about their study on gizmag.
In March 10, 2011, W. Douglas Boyd, M.D., spoke about his work towards developing stem cell-based technologies to repair heart tissue damaged by cardiovascular disease. Boyd worked as a professor of surgery and director of robotics and biosurgery for the UC Davis Health System.
“This is great….The enthusiasm Dr. Boyd has in presenting this information is incredible.” -Attendee
You can watch the video of his speech by clicking here.
Some interesting facts discussed about cardiovascular disease in the video:
- Cardiovascular disease affects 81.1 million Americans
- Cardiovascular disease is occurring more in women than men.
- In every year since 1900 (except 1918) CVD has been the leading cause of death.
The number one cause of death in 1918 was the Spanish flu pandemic, which took at least 50 million lives. Every other year since 1900 it has been cardiovascular disease.