Cardiomyopathy refers to a weakening of the heart muscle or a change in heart muscle structure which typically results in inadequate heart pumping or other heart function problems. The most common form is dilated cardiomyopathy which involves an enlargement of the heart’s main pumping chamber (left ventricle) secondary to heart muscle damage from coronary artery disease. When this happens the heart can’t adequately pump blood to the body. This can and does lead to heart failure and death.
Can stem cells help this condition? There is a growing body of scientific evidence that suggests that stem cells from a patient’s own bone marrow or blood can produce significant improvements in function in cardiomyopathy. For instance, in Thailand, cardiomyopathy patients who had “Angiogenic Cell Precursors (ACPs)” derived from their own blood injected into their heart muscle experienced impressive benefits. And in a clinical study involving 11 men with cardiomyopathy,
researchers found that bone marrow stem cell therapy “decreased the size of the heart 15 percent to 20 percent, surpassing the effect of medications given to treat cardiomyopathy.”
By the time most people with cardiomyopathy reach Dr. Steenblock they typically have been wrestling with it as well as other chronic health problems for some time. Many take a number of drugs, some of which actually deplete compounds such as CoQ10 that are integral to heart function.
With this in mind, Dr. Steenblock approaches his cardiomyopathy patients with a number of goals in mind:
(1) Determine what is going on in their body including disease processes both pronounced and subtle. To do this he takes and reviews their medical history and prior tests, then does his own exams and testing. Unlike most conventional doctors he looks at players they tend to overlook or dismiss such as heavy metals, GI tract problems such as infections that produce endotoxins that wind up in the patient’s circulation, nighttime (sleeping) oxygen levels, genetic factors, and nutritional, dietary and lifestyle influences including the vitamins, herbs and herbal compounds taken on a regular basis.
In addition, Dr. Steenblock approaches diagnostics with a successful track record in catching missed or faulty diagnoses made my other doctors, something that he has been doing since his days as a pathologist or “medical sleuth”.
(2) Take what is revealed in the patient’s medical history and various exams to formulate a precise, targeted, personalized treatment plan. This includes dealing with excess heavy metals if present, restoring insulin sensitivity (in cardiomyopathy patients with Type 2 diabetes), substituting gentle natural compounds for harsh drugs when possible, addressing hormone imbalances or deficiencies and infections (including subtle or smoldering ones), plus introduction of specific nutritional, dietary, supplement, and lifestyle measures aimed at encouraging a halting of disease progression and then reversal and recovery.
As part of treating cardiomyopathy, Dr. Steenblock also utilizes specific medical devices such as external counterpulsation and Periodic Acceleration Therapy to help strengthen the heart and circulation as well as open up any plaque narrowed arteries and stimulate the growth and healing of the body by the person’s own bone marrow derived stem cells.
As most patients with cardiomyopathy are middle-aged or older, the cache of stem cells in their bone marrow tends to contain lots of senescent cells. Senescent stem cells are no longer able to divide and multiple and therefore have become useless in the healing processes of the body. In fact they actually are responsible, in part, for some of the inflammation that occurs in the older person’s body that can aggravate heart and circulatory problems such as cardiomyopathy. Dr. Steenblock uses injections of the FDA approved stem cell mobilizing drug Neupogen® to purge out these devitalized stem cells which prods the body to make massive numbers of healthy, robust replacements. Dr. Steenblock then harvests this stem cell-rich tissue and gives it back to the patient by intravenous drip, which provides damaged arteries with stem cells that can go in and affect repair and restoration.
In his decades of private practice, Dr Steenblock has established himself as a pioneer in many fields of medicine. From stroke care and acute brain trauma to regenerative and cell-based medicine in the treatment of ALS, Cerebral Palsy and other chronic and degenerative diseases, what has separated Dr Steenblock from his peers is his unique and comprehensive approach to patient care:
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