Doctors to conduct research on use of stem cells in improving functioning of heart damaged by an attack.

The Heart Care Clinic, a group of Indian cardiovascular consultants, is planning to collaborate with the Cardiovascular Center in Aalst, Belgium in making stem cell therapy useful for helping patients with heart disease.

The collaboration, which is in the form of research, will be done to improve functioning of the heart in the patients suffering from heart failure or heart attack.

Experiments are already underway in several countries to determine whether stem cell therapy, or the procedure wherein stem cells found in the tissue or a cell in the body, can be used to improve heart functioning by injecting the cells into the heart.

Dr Keyur Parikh, a cardiologist at the Heart Care Clinic, says it is essential that the safety factor is taken into consideration before clinical trials are performed on patients.

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