MIAMI, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Poor circulation in the legs and feet can lead to the loss of limbs or the loss of life. Now, a new treatment could help millions of people get their blood flowing.
Until recently Derrick Blount was unable to ride his bike.
“Being in a sitting position would greatly restrict the blood flow to my left leg,” Derrick Blount told Ivanhoe.
Derrick has Buerger’s disease, a form of poor circulation brought on by smoking. He quit the habit and almost had to quit his art gallery job because of his leg limitations.
“Where a task that should take no more than 20 minutes, it would take me an hour and a half,” Derrick said.
So, Derrick took part in Dr. Omaida Velazquez’s clinical trial at the University of Miami.
The doctor is taking stem cells from patients’ hip bones and injects them into their legs and feet to help restore circulation.
“It is believed that these cells release some growth factors and proteins that help in regeneration of blood vessels,” Dr. Omaida Velazquez, Chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, told Ivanhoe.
The doctor says the treatment could help millions of people with dangerous circulation problems, like peripheral arterial disease. Derrick’s not sure if he’s getting the stem cells in the double blind study.
However, “these blood pressures are significantly improved on his left toes and clinically, almost to a miraculous level,” Dr. Velazquez explained.
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