Myocardial infarction results from the interruption of blood supply to a part of the heart, causing heart cells to die. This is most due to coronary artery occlusion following the rupture of a vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque. The resulting ischemia and ensuing oxygen shortage, if left untreated for a sufficient period of time, can cause infarction of heart muscle tissue. Dr. Roman Schenk Recardio why regenerative medicine holds the promise of functional restoration by replenishing cardiomyocytes and blood vessels, and therefore also has the potential for complete tissue repair.

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