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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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