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Exciting new clinical trial might give heart patients hope

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Cardiologists are trying to train the heart to heal itself.

A clinical trial taking place at the Pepin Heart Institute in Tampa Bay is testing out a new gene implant.

The genes, which are already floating in our blood streams, act as a biological blueprint when they are collected and deposited deep inside the heart.

"The genes are only acting -- as it was explained to me -- like a vacuum cleaner to attract your own natural stem cells to the muscle they are trying to rejuvenate," said heart patient Pete Giraldi.

Dr. Charles Lambert of the Pepin Heart Institute added some additional information to Giraldi's explanation.

"The genes help the stem cells to hone in on that area, where the molecule has been delivered, and transform themselves into other types of cells, to heal myocardial damage," Lambert said.

The hope is the genes will grow new blood vessels and muscle, which would help the heart pump more effectively.

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