Heart Failure

Unparalleled approach to treatment

Stem cells have an innate property that attracts them to inflammation in the body. Studies have shown that stem cells can regenerate damaged or diseased tissues, reduce inflammation and modulate the immune system promoting better health and quality of life.

How do stem cells work?

Inflammation is prevalent in disorders ranging from heart disease and diabetes to Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s. Treatment of these diseases, as well as many other common conditions, usually addresses the reduction of inflammation in the body. Whether through drugs, diet and lifestyle changes, or other natural methods, the goal is to eliminate as much inflammation from the body as possible.

Researchers have shown over the years that Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) are one of the strongest anti-inflammatory tools available today and many patients are turning to stem cell therapy to meet their needs.
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A protocol built for success

Our treatment protocols are independently IRB reviewed by a medical board in the United States. This is to ensure our practices are safe and within good standing in the medical community.

Type of stem cells administered

DVC Stem uses cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells sourced from US-donated, full term human umbilical cords. We administer over 300 million cells that are all thoroughly tested for viability before treatment.

Mesenchymal stem cells have the ability to:

1. Reduce inflammation
2. Modulate the immune system
3. Stimulate tissue regeneration
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How stem cells reduce inflammation

Specifically, MSCs can inhibit the overproduction and use of T-cells in the body. This effect occurs without compromising the body’s natural immune system and leaving the patient vulnerable to disease.

The effect of the transplant is a return of the body to normal immune function and a drastic reduction in a patient’s inflammation markers. This anti-inflammatory effect can last for years at a time without the need for another transplant.

What this means for patients with autoimmune and degenerative diseases is a natural solution to their symptoms, a respite from discomfort, and an overall increase in quality of life. Additionally, not only will the body better be able to heal damaged tissue with the inflammation reduced, but the stem cells will also assist is more rapid healing within the body. It is for this reason that even healthy patients have turned to stem cell therapy as a form of “body maintenance” and to keep naturally occurring inflammation at manageable levels.
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What causes heart disease?

Heart disease is caused by wear and tear on the heart muscles. Heart cells may become damaged over time due to a variety of factors including heart attacks, drug and alcohol use, associated diseases, and birth defects. Once these cells are damaged, heart disease progresses linearly, as the heart is unable to repair itself over time. A damaged heart cannot pump blood as effectively throughout the body. This results in a variety of conditions including increased blood pressure and lack of oxygen to cells around the body. The heart may try to compensate by stretching the heart walls or working harder, but this generally increases the issues already present. Current treatments for heart disease range from transplanting parts of the heart or the whole organ in some cases, to the use of blood thinners and other drugs. These treatments seek to completely replace damaged tissue or make it easier for a damaged heart to function. However, these treatments can be very expensive, time consuming, and limit the patient’s quality of life.

How can stem cells treat heart disease?

Stem cells are cells that have not yet specialized in the body. They can become whatever type of cells they need to be, in a process called “differentiation”. Stem cells used to treat heart disease will find dead or damaged tissue and naturally replace the defective cells. This property has led modern medicine to turn to stem cells for a variety of conditions. Researchers have begun testing stem cells used to treat heart disease to effectively replace a heart’s damaged cells with a patient’s own stem cells. Researchers are currently looking at three different approaches to treatment. The first involves taking stem cells from a patient’s own bone marrow, and then transplanting them directly into the heart via catheter. The second involves using donated stem cells to create patches or grafts that can be applied to damaged areas of the heart, healing the tissue underneath. Lastly, researchers are now trying to reprogram cells within the heart to become stem cells and promote healing, bypassing the need for a cell transplant. These methods are very promising, trials so far have had minimal side effects. Dr. Richard Lee of the Harvard Medical Centre has recently stated “most of the stem cell therapies for the heart have been surprisingly safe.

We have had our own patients near heart failure with extremely low ejection fraction show remarkable increases in ejection fraction during follow up testing within months of treatment.

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What sort of results can patients expect?

We only offer treatments for conditions that have medical research backing positive results and no harmful side effects. Dozens of studies have shown the efficacy of stem cell therapies for various degenerative diseases, and we have had great success from our past patients. However, it is impossible to guarantee any specific result for an individual, as every person’s body is different and will respond in different ways.

We have been treating patients for over 15 years; the majority of our patients have reported increased quality of life. Their personal experiences and length of effects are different, due to a variety of biological factors. To quantify specific results, our protocol involves testing for certain inflammation markers prior to treatment, and then again at intervals following treatment. This data is used in conjunction with future prognosis to determine of the effects the treatment had on a patient's condition. This data is vital to the on-going research being conducted on the efficacy of Allogeneic Stem Cell Therapy.

Exclusive Intelligent Aging Protocol features:

  • VIP airport clearance
  • Airport / clinic ground transportation
  • Premier Anti-Aging Med Spa services
  • VIP lounge access

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2-day non-invasive treatment

All patients undergo therapy in our vip treatment room located within our advanced clinic. Patients are under constant supervision from both our medical director and supporting medical team.

We typically recommend patients stay a minimum of 4 days in Grand Cayman for treatment.

Treatment at DVC Stem spans the course of 2 days.

Day 1: Arrival in Grand Cayman.

Day 2: Physical assessments & supporting therapies.

Day 3:
Cell transplant & activation therapies.

Day 4:
Follow-up physical & departure.

Our cell therapy protocol is safe & non-invasive. Patients will be able to travel the following day.
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David Lyons

Multiple Sclerosis

Although David Lyons was able to successfully fight Multiple Sclerosis through a strict regimen of diet and exercise, he wanted to ensure he was doing everything he could to stay fit. Multiple Sclerosis can be managed with treatment, but there is currently no cure for the disease. For that reason, David came to DVC Stem years ago to use the regenerative and anti-inflammatory attributes of stem cells to aid in his fight for fitness.

The positive results he experienced enabled David to stay strong in the gym, now into his 60s, and that is why he continues to support our clinic to this day.