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Post by Marc Thayer on Wed May 15, 2013 10:54 pm

Stem cell research is closing in on probability rather than possibility.

They have cloned a human embryo from which stem cells can be extracted (if I heard the report correctly..no guarantee on that).

For us valvers...we can grow a replacement part! My surgeon and cardiologist @MGH blithely mentioned pre-op as this being the next BIG thing in valve replacement. I recall the non-chalance of their comment...as in by the time I need a refit...cow/pig/mechanical will be non-preferred if not totally outdated.

There is no doubt a moral controversy in this research...and I don't want to get into that.
The scientist doing the work was firm in his opinion that this research thread did not lead to complete human replication. There were contrary opinions offered by non-scientists. Time will tell.

The report mentioned the breadth of application...(heart valves wasn't one of them)..but I was so excited I didn't really hear them.

Couple this with TAVI and OHS for valve replacement may be a thing of the past....Idle speculation on my part to be sure.
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Re: Stem cell research

Post by Rachel August on Fri May 17, 2013 4:45 pm

After my surgery, I joked with my husband saying to him “In the future I bet that there will be generations behind me looking at me in horror because of the procedure I had to go through to save my life from my aneurysm and failing valve. I can imagine people with my condition getting scanned or taking a pill to repair everything.”

IMO – this is great forward progress – grow a replacement part! How great that would be because again IMO there is no good option for valvers right now – repairs are great but even then it’s not the same as the healthy normal one that most people are just born with.

I just hope that people behind me with valve conditions have things a whole lot easier – as well as people with repairs – this is exciting news!!!!

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Post by echoguy on Sat May 18, 2013 9:14 pm

Sign me up. I am ready to donate stem cells and give them 7 years to fit me with a new valve. I'll even take the bicuspid version that I guess I would be growing from that silly genetic material. It would last a lot longer than this cow version!

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Post by Sumorunner on Sun May 19, 2013 7:47 am

[quote="Rachel August"]After my surgery, I joked with my husband saying to him “In the future I bet that there will be generations behind me looking at me in horror because of the procedure I had to go through...[/quote]

I'm sure that will be the case, but at the same time I look back a generation to when there was no fix. People with series heart issues were simply given a death sentence. In the 50s and 60s many TV scripts were written about the man who had X months or years to live and what he might do with that time. I figure I've already had an extra 20+ years that previous generations did not. So regardless of how the procedure is done in the future, it was done pretty well for me.

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Post by Tom price on Fri May 24, 2013 9:29 am

I hear you Sumo, my father had a heart attack in 1973,. All he was offered was high dose Coumadin. No stents, no caths...he passed away 3 years later from a second MI. So much progress in our lifetime....we are lucky!
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