1. Stem cell therapy can help in treating diabetic heart disease

Stem cell therapy can help in treating diabetic heart disease

Presenting clinical evidences, Katare said stem cell therapy certainly presented a new hope for successfully treating DHD.

By: | Karaikal | Published: February 28, 2017 5:39 PM
Stem Cell Therapy. (Reuters)

Recent advancements in stem cells research have given hope for successfully treating diabetic heart disease (DHD), renowned New Zealand-based researcher in cardiovascular diseases Dr Rajesh Katare said today. DHD affected the muscular tissues of the heart leading to complications and it had been demonstrated that resident stem cells of myocardium can be stimulated to repair and replace e degenerated cardiac myocytes resulting in a novel therapeutic effect and ultimately cardiac regeneration, he said. Katare, Director of Cardiovascular Research Division in the University of Otago, New Zealand, was delivering the keynote address at the continuing medical education programme on “Role of Micro-RNAs and stem cells in cardiac regeneration in diabetic heart disease” at the Karaikal campus of premier health institute JIPMER.

Presenting clinical evidences, Katare said stem cell therapy certainly presented a new hope for successfully treating DHD. Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education (JIPMER) Director Dr Subash Chandra Parija pointed out that it was the first such programme on the role of stem cells in cardiac regeneration in the whole of the country. He said as diabetes was highly prevalent in the country, providing treatment for DHD had become a big challenge. Patients suffering from the condition have to undergo lifelong treatment and medications. “In this backdrop, advancements in stem cell therapy assume significance,” he said.

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He said as diabetes was highly prevalent in the country, providing treatment for DHD had become a big challenge. Patients suffering from the condition have to undergo lifelong treatment and medications. “In this backdrop, advancements in stem cell therapy assume significance,” he said.

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