What is COPD?

Louis A. Cona M.D.

A brief definition of COPD and how stem cells may be able to combat lung-related inflammation.

COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that affects over 600 million people worldwide. The most common conditions contributing to COPD include emphysema and chronic bronchitis brought on by tobacco use or inhalation of irritants or particulate matter. In both cases, the airways become blocked due to structural damage to the lungs or inflammation of the bronchial tubes. As of today, there has been no proven cure for COPD; however modern advances in stem cell therapies have yielded promising results.

How can Stem Cells help COPD?

Stem cells have the unique ability to change into any type of cell in the body, called differentiation. They can be administered intravenously and find damaged tissues around organs. When used in regards to COPD patients, stem cells can repair damaged lung tissue to combat emphysema and have natural anti-inflammatory properties which can clear airways for those with chronic bronchitis. While this treatment is still in the early stages of development, studies have already been completed to quantify the effects of stem cell therapy.  According to a report done by the Lung Institute called Autologous Stem Cell Therapy and its Effects on COPD, over 82% of patients that attempted stem cell treatment had noticeable improvements in their quality of life after their therapies. Many of these patients reported increased lung capacity and the ability to walk following treatment. This positioned stem cells as one of the best viable options for current patients with COPD. 

While stem cell treatment has not shown the ability to cure COPD, its ability to repair damaged tissue and relatively invasive nature makes it an attractive alternative to patients. This path becomes even more desirable when considering the current treatment protocols requiring the use of ventilators or even total lung transplants, which are rare and extremely expensive.

There is still a large amount of unknown information regarding the functionality of cells and tissue within the lungs by doctors today. This has created barriers in producing viable treatments to repair lung damage, instead focusing on treating COPD symptoms and improving quality of life. Stem cells provide a new method for treatment that is proving to be highly effective in treating actual tissue damage. As of today, treatment with stem cells is still experimental and has not become standard practice in medicine.


Tyler explains his experience at DVC Stem in the Cayman Islands.

Tyler is optimistic that he will see positive results post treatment.

"The cool thing about the Cayman Islands besides being beautiful, it was an opportunity to get some rest and relaxation allowing my body to heal and restore. I'm back in the US now and feel like I am ready to conquer the world."

- Tyler Heid


2 weeks post treatment, MS patient Tyler is beginning to see amazing progress. He has been wheelchair bound for the last year and has not been able to move his legs unassisted before now.


Tyler updates about his progress, explaining the amazing response he has been receiving from his friends and family.

"People coming up to me saying I am moving, talking and smiling so much better. They are noticing a lot of things that have improved over the course of 3 months."

"This morning I was able to do things that I was unable to do before, I was able to stand up and lift my leg higher than I ever have before."


5 months post treatment Tyler sends us an update on his progress.

"I'm able to smile better, I have more control over the left side of my face."

"I have an increased ability to grip, lift my legs higher and higher which has gone well."

Tyler is optimistic and on the right track to recovery. We are ecstatic to see his progress and look forward to more updates from him.

"I have an increased ability to grip, lift my legs higher and higher which has gone well."

Tyler Heid - 5 months post treatment

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.

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