Stroke and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
A stroke, sometimes called a “brain attack,” occurs when blood flow to an area in the brain is cut off. The brain cells, deprived of the oxygen and glucose needed to survive, die. If a stroke is not caught early, severe brain damage or death can result. According to the American Stroke Association, strokes are the number 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.
Recently Suffered a Stroke?
There are two types of strokes. Ischemic strokes are caused by a clot obstructing the flow of blood to the brain.Hemorrhagic strokes are caused by a vessel rupturing and preventing blood flow to the brain. Effects of stroke can include loss of speech, paralysis on one side of the body, vision problems, slow behavior and memory loss.
HBOT Can Help
Hyperbaric therapy is a method used to treat strokes. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the administration of pure oxygen (100%) at pressures greater than atmospheric pressure, i.e. more than 1 atmosphere absolute (ATA), for therapeutic healing. HBOT is administered by placing the patient in a multi-place or in a mono-place (one man) chamber typically pressurized to 1.5–2.0 ATA for a period of 60-90 minutes 3-5 days a week. Patients who receive HBO to treat their stroke commonly report improvement with memory, cognitive function, paralysis reversal, regained speech and improved vision.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) can help:
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has shown to be a viable treatment for post stroke patients, even patients for whom it may seem too late for additional treatment. Researchers at Tel Aviv University treated 74 post stroke patients who’s conditions were no longer improving 6 months to 3 years post stroke. After two months of treatment, all patients showed visible improvements such as paralysis reversal and brain images showed increased activity in areas that showed no activity post stroke.