Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome ( #HLHS ) can be diagnosed in #pregnancy during an #ultrasound, giving parents chance to make the decision to bank their baby’s umbilical #CordBlood #StemCells. For accepted candidates at the Mayo Clinic this has allowed them to participate in their clinical trial. You can find out more about the procedure by watching this video.
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Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defects worldwide. There are a wide variety of CHDs, hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is particularly serious. Those born with HLHS are born without the left side of their heart which can lead to heart failure if left untreated. The Mayo Clinic in the US have been allowed to conduct the first paediatric clinical trial using stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood to try to increase the strength and volume of the heart muscle.
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