Dr. Mark Pinsky: Study Says Stem Cells Improve Survival in Severe Heart Disease
By Space Coast Daily // August 2, 2016
improved long term health outcomes
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – In a new study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 65th Annual Scientific Session, a new stem cell therapy significantly improved long term health outcomes in patients with Stage 3 and Stage 4 heart failure (known as severe and end stage disease).
Although the study only involved 109 patients, those receiving stem cells from their own bone marrow aspirate showed significant improvement in the quality of life.
Combined there was a 37 percent decrease in death, hospitalizations, and clinic visits for worsening of their heart failure symptoms over a 12 month period.
To date, this is the largest double blind, placebo trial for the treatment of heart failure with stem cells ever presented.
Heart failure is the disease state that represents the number one cause for admission to hospitals in the U.S. There are an estimated 5 million people affected which accounts for millions of health care dollars spent to treat this disease.
While heart failure has multiple causes and there are multiple treatment options available, for patients with this severity of disease, improvement in the quality of life has met with limited success.
This particular study was done injecting the patient’s own bone marrow stem cells directly into the heart muscle.
The future will focus on larger clinical trials where stem cells are injected percutaneously through the groin instead of directly into the heart muscle.
Hopefully the results will show even a better improvement in the quality of life while greatly simplifying the procedure.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Mark Pinsky has been practicing medicine for more than 20 years and is the director of the Pinsky Family and Sports Medicine Center in Viera, Florida, where he provides one-on-one care to his patients.
“My goal is to educate patients about their medical conditions so they can learn how to prevent disease or minimize complications from their existing conditions,” said Dr. Pinsky.
Dr. Pinsky is board certified in Family Medicine by the American Academy of Family Medicine and completed his doctorate degree from the University Of Health Sciences College Of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri. His family practice residency was served at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.
In addition, Dr. Pinsky completed a sports medicine fellowship in Cleveland, Ohio with Lutheran Medical Center in conjunction with Horizon Orthopedics; the team physicians for the Cleveland Indians. He also has a certificate of additional qualifications in Sports Medicine from the American Academy of Family Practice. Dr. Pinsky also speaks nationally for several pharmaceutical companies.
SPORTS MEDICINE VETERAN
Dr. Pinsky has worked closely with high school, college, Olympic and professional athletes. During his 20-year career in Brevard County, Florida, he has served as the team physician for several high schools.
Currently, Dr. Pinsky provides care for Viera High School athletes, and is a partner of Medical Associates of Brevard.
Dr. Pinsky is dedicated to patient-centered care through MDVIP, a nationwide network of physicians whose sole purpose is to provide superior individualized healthcare.
MDVIP makes patient medical issues their top priority. As an MDVIP physician, Dr. Pinsky takes pride in doing just that for each and every patient in his practice.
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