Heart failure can be a confusing term. It does not mean that your heart has stopped working – but instead that your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs. This can cause troubling symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and swelling in the legs and ankles.
Heart failure is quite common, affecting nearly 6 million Americans. For many, their heart failure develops after a heart attack, which can damage and weaken the heart muscle.
If you’ve had a heart attack and now suffer from heart failure, you may be a candidate for the CardiAMP Heart Failure Trial. The study is evaluating CardiAMP Therapy, which uses your own bone marrow cells to potentially stimulate the body’s natural healing response, all through a minimally-invasive, catheter-based procedure.
Bone marrow is a unique substance found in the center of some of the larger bones in our bodies, such as the hipbones. Bone marrow is where new blood cells are produced. For many years, doctors have studied how bone marrow cells can help stimulate the body’s natural healing response.
CardiAMP Therapy is designed for people who have had a heart attack, and now suffer from heart failure. It is an investigational therapy that uses your own bone marrow cells to potentially stimulate the body’s natural healing response, all through a minimally-invasive procedure.
The entire CardiAMP Therapy procedure takes about one hour (following a pre-procedural assessment to see if CardiAMP Therapy may be right for you). First, a needle is inserted into the hipbone to collect a small amount of bone marrow. The bone marrow is then put through a special process to prepare the cells for transfer to the heart. Finally, a single small incision is made in the groin and a thin, flexible catheter is advanced to the heart. The catheter enables the bone marrow cells to be injected directly into the damaged regions of your heart. (CardiAMP Therapy Illustration)
Right now, doctors at select treatment centers in the US are conducting a new research study to evaluate the ability of CardiAMP Therapy to improve cardiovascular function and quality of life (The CardiAMP Heart Failure Trial). If you’ve previously suffered a heart attack, and now have heart failure, this study may be right for you.
See If You Qualify
To see if you might qualify for the CardiAMP Heart Failure Trial, and to get connected with the study center in your area to learn more, please take the questionnaire below.