(WZZM) - A new treatment shows great promise for healing hearts that are literally broken.
Nearly a million Americans suffer a heart attack every year. A new study found treating those patients with an infusion of cells grown from their own hearts helps them re-grow healthy muscle.
It's a type of stem cell treatment. Doctors say it showed about a 50 percent reduction in the size of the scar left on the heart after a heart attack.
The group that received the treatment also had a sizable increase in healthy heart muscle.
February is National Heart Month and Dr. Helayne Sherman, director of the Women's Heart Program at the Meijer Heart and Vascular Institute talks a little about scarring of the heart and the warning signs of heart attack for women. Click on the video link to watch the interview.
To learn more about National Heart Month, click here. For more information about the warning signs of heart attack for women, click here.