View Full Version : Patient takes heart in new stem cells trial

12-20-2005, 10:07 AM

A Newcastle-based cardiac patient says he is optimistic about being involved in a new Australian medical trial using adult stems cells to treat heart disease.

The research, being conducted at Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital, involves isolating a rare stem cell from within the patient's own bone marrow and injecting it back into the heart muscle to prompt new blood vessel growth.

A similar trial was carried out three years ago but it used whole bone marrow rather than specific cells.

Keith Mallan, who has suffered heart problems for more than 20 years, says he is hopeful his involvement in the new trial will be worth it.

"The angina's the worst because the next day is a heart attack, after the angina you get the heart attack and then you're in hospital again and I hate going to hospital," he said.

"This has been my life for a while, overdo it a bit, you're in hospital, it's as simple as that. This offers me some hope of not going back to hospital for a while."