Did you know cardiac arrest in heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide?
Did you know in the United States an estimated 300,000 to 450,000 people survive every year?
Did you know 50% of survivors suffer long-term cognitive damage?
Did you know there is an option other than years of therapy to help with the damage caused by a cardiac event?
The Hope is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT).
Thousands live daily with cognitive symptoms following their cardiac event. They experience forgetfulness, changes in lifestyle, decline in job function, and depression to name a few. Patients who suffer from cardiac arrest are lumped into the term “anoxic brain injury”, which means any brain injury that occurs due to a lack of oxygen. The brain tissue is damaged with any amount of anoxic brain injury, and survivors soon find themselves in a long process of cognitive, physical and mental healing. Most of the recovery attention has been on physical rehabilitation, but with an aging generation and an increase in cognitive impairment, the need for cognitive rehabilitation has been brought to light.
An estimated 50% of survivors suffer some long term cognitive impairment and have been told to “live with their symptoms.” There is hope.
A 2015 study showed the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) can improve outcomes for people who suffer cognitive impairment following cardiac arrest. The researchers studied 11 patients post cardiac arrest and wanted to see how HBOT affected their activity of daily living, quality of life and computerized cognitive tests. The patients showed statistically significant improvement and reveal the groundbreaking results of this study
How exactly does HBOT work on anoxic brain injury? When the brain undergoes injury or a time without oxygen, the tissue in the brain “dies.” HBOT delivers a high dose of oxygen to the area of the brain that was injured to help “wake up” the neurons thus leading to recovery. In countries such as Europe, China and Russia, HBOT is used as the standard of treatment in MS, Cerebral Palsy and other neurological dysfunction. China has now added at least 5 indications for HBOT in the treatment of disease related to ischemia and hypoxia. Researchers in Israel have found promising results finding increased neuronal activity after treating with HBOT, and many active studies are taking place at this time.
Brain damage caused by cardiac arrest has been thought to be irreversible, but is it? New research is promising to show the brain has the power to regenerate itself using HBOT and New Life Medical Group in Jackson, TN, serving Nashville, TN, is on the cutting edge of these treatments.
See Dr. Schmidt talking about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.