Donated stem cells may help repair heart damage

November 6, 2012 2:04:01 PM PST
A new discovery in the area of stem cells could help repair damage caused by heart attacks.

Researchers have found that stem cells donated by strangers can be as safe and effective as a patient's own cells for restoring heart tissue.

That suggests cells could be stored for after heart attacks just as blood is kept on hand now.

The advantage is being able to use cells supplied by others with no blood or tissue matching needed.

Results are published in the journal of the American Medical Association.