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Journal of Blood Transfusion
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 568132, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/568132
Review Article

Potential Uses of Cord Blood in Cardiac Surgery

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Pediatric, and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center, 530 First Avenue, Suite 9V, New York, NY 10016, USA

Received 14 November 2011; Accepted 30 January 2012

Academic Editor: Niranjan Bhattacharya

Copyright © 2012 Ralph S. Mosca. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Despite advances in the fields of prevention, medical intervention and surgical therapy, cardiovascular disease remains a major public healthcare issue. A promising area of research is the potential application of regenerative therapies with pluripotential stem cells to reduce the burden of heart disease and its sequelae. Umbilical cord blood, a rich source of multiple populations of nonembryonic stem cells, will be a valuable resource and has the potential to advance therapeutic options for patients with acquired and congenital heart disease.