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Stroke and Hyperbarics

Stroke and Hyperbarics

HYPERBARICS SUPPORT STROKE RECOVERY AND STROKE PREVENTION

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and has remained a leading cause of adult disability with 800,000 cases reported every year.

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 angiogenesis, thus producing more circulatory pathways throughout the brain and potentially decreasing the chance of stroke.

Also, this has been shown to benefit post-stroke patients, as compromised blood flow to the affected brain tissue (penumbra) and its functionality is recoverable by introducing increased levels of oxygen.

BENEFITS OF HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY FOR PATIENTS RECOVERING FROM STROKE AND FOR STROKE PREVENTION

Studies have demonstrated the following therapeutic benefits of HBOT for patients recovering from stroke. HBOT may also help to prevent strokes.

SUPPORTING STROKE RECOVERY USING HYPERBARICS

  • Faster Overall Recovery
  • Improves Vision and Speech
  • Reduces Paralysis
  • Accelerates Gross/Fine Motor Skills
  • Increases Penumbra Tissue Recovery
  • Stimulates Angiogenesis for Faster Reclamation
  • Promotes Neurogenesis
  • Enhances Stem Cell Proliferation and Mobilization
  • Escalates Neuroplasticity
  • Alleviates Spasticity

HOW HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY MAY PREVENT STROKES

  • Stimulates Angiogenesis
  • Ameliorates Atherosclerosis
  • Decreases Oxidative Stress in the Brain
  • Preconditions the Brain to Enhance Neuroprotective Properties

Source: International Hyperbarics Association

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Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of disability and death worldwide. According to the CDC, in 2014 155 people died each day from injuries that included TBI. These injuries contribute to approximately 30% of all injury deaths in the U.S. In 2010, about 2.5 million TBI related hospitalizations were recorded in the U.S. alone.

Source: CDC

Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy (HBOT) in conjunction with intensive rehabilitation has been demonstrated to enhance the recovery from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and to augment brain activity by reducing hypoxia and neuroinflammation while increasing circulation in the brain. These benefits also have implications for those who sustain a concussion or mild brain injury.

BENEFITS OF HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY FOR THOSE WITH BRAIN INJURY

Clinical studies have demonstrated the following benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for those recovering from traumatic brain injury.

ENHANCE NEUROLOGICAL REPAIR AND REGENERATION

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy enhances neurological repair and regeneration in people recovering from traumatic brain injury (TBI).

  • Attenuates the Effects of Hypoxia and Inflammation in the Brain
  • Promotes Neurogenesis
  • Moderates Mitochondrial Disorders
  • Enhances Stem Cell Mobilization and
    Proliferation
  • Increases Penumbra Tissue Recovery
  • Stimulates Neuroplasticity
  • Induces Remyelination
  • Augments Concussion Recovery

IMPROVE OVERALL FUNCTION WITH HBOT

  • Advances Cognitive Function
  • Improves Gross/Fine Motor Skills
  • Enhances Speech and Language
  • Alleviates Spasticity
  • Lessens Frequency of Seizures
  • Stimulates Better Eye Contact
  • Improves Balance and Walking

Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery

Whether a patient’s surgery is cosmetic or reconstructive, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a natural tool that may aid in the healing process and shorten recovery time.

Patients undergoing surgery face many post-operative challenges similar to traditional surgery but may also be effected by specific post-operative challenges unique to plastic surgery.

HBOT is an option that may speed healing while minimizing the effects of these other challenges. The high complication rate of these surgeries is attributable to blood supply disruption resulting ischemia, necrosis, infection, wound dehiscence, and excessive scarring.

HBOT improves this by inducing new blood vessel growth.

Many surgeons now recommend pre and/or post-operative HBOT to their patients in order to enhance their healing, recovery and results.

BENEFITS OF HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY FOR PLASTIC SURGERY PATIENTS

Clinical studies have demonstrated the following benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for patients receiving plastic surgery.

PHYSIOLOGICAL BENEFITS

  • Quicker healing
  • Less scarring, bruising and infection

ENHANCES HEALING AND RECOVERY

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Minimizes pain and discomfort
  • Reduces swelling

SUPPORTS HEALING AT THE CELLULAR LEVEL

  • Promotes anti-inflammatory proteins
  • Improved angiogenesis enhancing blood flow to tissue
  • Induces fibroblast activation
  • Enhances collagen production

REDUCES RISK OF INFECTION

  • Elevates phagocytosis to above normal levels
  • Enhances microbial activity
  • Increases intracellular leukocytes