Heart stem cells and LVAD may avoid transplants

Statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services reveal that an average of 18 people die waiting for organ transplants each day. There are about 2,500 hearts available and a waiting list of about 100,000 patients in need. We show you how researchers at the University of Minnesota hope to bridge that gap.

“I couldn’t walk, or breathe, or eat,” congestive heart failure patient Allan Isaacs told Ivanhoe.

That was life with congestive heart failure for 71-year-old Isaacs, but after a left ventricular assist device was implanted into his chest, Allan’s life got moving again.

Allan says he now does, “15 minutes on the elliptical and about 30 minutes on the treadmill.”
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