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, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 391–396 | Cite as

Angiogenesis in Cardiovascular Disease

Current Status and Therapeutic Potential
Leading Article

Abstract

Therapeutic angiogenesis, in the form of growth factor protein administration or gene therapy, has emerged as a new method of treatment for patients with severe, inoperable coronary artery disease. Improved myocardial perfusion and function after the administration of angiogenic growth factors has been demonstrated in animal models of chronic myocardial ischaemia. Recently, preliminary clinical trials using growth factor proteins or genes encoding these angiogenic factors have demonstrated clinical and other objective evidence of relevant angiogenesis. Thus, therapeutic angiogenesis has the potential to extend treatment options to patients who are not optimal candidates for conventional methods of myocardial revascularisation.

Keywords

Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Adis International Limited Myocardial Perfusion Basic Fibroblast Growth Factor Therapeutic Angiogenesis 

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© Adis International Limited 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Cardiovascular DivisionBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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