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Gene Therapy in Cardiovascular Diseases

[ Vol. 2 , Issue. 4 ]


Kamala P. Tamirisa and Debabrata Mukherjee   Pages 427 - 435 ( 9 )


Established modalities of treatment for obstructive coronary artery disease include medical therapy, bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary intervention. Similarly, conventional treatment of congestive heart failure is also limited to medical therapy, temporary assist devices and transplantation. A significant subset of patients with severe symptomatic coronary artery disease and end stage heart failure is not eligible for these traditional methods of treatment. In spite of maximal medical and revascularization therapy, these patients may not get adequate symptomatic benefit. After a decade of investigations, gene therapy has emerged as a promising therapeutic option for this group of patients. This review discusses newer modalities of therapy for this subset, including therapeutic angiogenesis with growth factors and cell transplantation.

, Gene, Therapy, in, Cardiovascular, Diseases


Division of Cardiology, TC B1- 228, The University of Michigan Medical Center, 1500 E Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0306. USA

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