Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and leading cause of disability in the U.S. with approximately 800,000 cases reported every year. Stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot (ischemic stroke) or is ruptured (hemorrhagic stroke). When the blood supply to the part of the brain is blocked or reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients within minutes brain cells begin to die.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been shown to help prevent and treat stroke through a number of different mechanisms. HBOT can be used to precondition the brain by stimulating formation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis) and increasing circulation throughout the brain and potentially decreasing the chance of stroke. HBOT Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for stroke victims has also been shown to improve neurological function and quality of life of post-stroke patients long after damage onset. Studies have demonstrated the benefits of HBOT for stroke with the following:
This study was done on a small group of patients who had suffered a stroke 6 to 36 months prior to inclusion in the study and had at least one motor dysfunction were treated for two months of 40 sessions (5 days/week), 90 minutes each with100% oxygen at 2 ATA. The evaluating physicians found that neurological function, brain activity and quality of life of all treated patients improved after HBOT. Results of SPECT imaging directly correlated with clinical improvements and indicated that HBOT can lead to significant neurological improvements in post-stroke patients, even at chronic late stages. The observed clinical improvements indicated that neuroplasticity can be activated long after damage onset.
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