China tests stem cell therapy for heart disease

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Monday marks World Heart Day. One of the most serious conditions is Chronic Heart Disease. It has no cure to date, but in China, scientists are hoping to find one, using stem-cell technology.

Up to 10 new trial sites are being set up to test the use of stem-cell therapy in treating the disease. CCTV America’s Grace Brown reports in Beijing.

China tests stem cell therapy for heart disease

China tests stem cell therapy for heart disease

Monday marks World Heart Day. One of the most serious conditions is Chronic Heart Disease. It has no cure to date, but in China, scientists are hoping to find one, using stem-cell technology.

The government estimates chronic heart failure now affects 30 million Chinese people, more than Australia’s entire population.

There’s still a long way to go. A clinical trial on human patients would need regulatory approval, and once it hits the market, experts say it must be carefully controlled.