stroke patients cognitive function improvement

One of the largest hyperbaric chamber centers in the world, The Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research at Shamir Medical Center, announced study results which indicate that HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy) produced significant improvement in most cognitive fields for stroke patients  – even months to years after the stroke occurred.

“Our study shows that stroke-related cognitive deficits can be treated as brain wounds, regardless of the stroke’s location or origin – ischemic or hemorrhagic. The rehabilitation potential lies in the metabolic characteristics of the chronic damage, or brain wound. By utilizing our HBOT protocols, the injured but viable brain tissue can be recovered even years after the acute insult.”

The study found the following:

  • 86% of the stroke patients achieved clinically significant improvement in their cognitive function
  • The memory domain had the most prominent improvements
  • Baseline cognitive function was a significant predictor of rehabilitation potential
  • Hemorrhagic strokes had significantly higher improvement in information processing compared to ischemic strokes, though ischemic stroke patients still showed improvement
  • Left hemisphere strokes had a greater increase in the motor domain, compared to right hemisphere strokes

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