There are over 50,000 strokes in Canada each year. That’s one stroke every 10 minutes. 80% of strokes are ischemic caused by the interruption of blood flow to the brain due to a blood clot. Blood (hemoglobin) is the main carrier of oxygen. In normal situations hemoglobin is 97% to 98% saturated with oxygen.

The lack of oxygen to the brains cell causes the cells to swell and ultimately break-down and allow fluid to move into the surrounding tissue, damaging previously “normal” cells. As this process continues, so does the damage resulting in a condition referred to as ischemic penumbra. Ischemic penumbra, contributed up to 85% of the disability resulting from stroke. By oxygenating the of the areas surrounding the damaged neurons, you are limiting further brain damage by improving cerebral oxygenation, relieve brain edema, prevents further blood clotting and reduces neuronal swelling. Though the use of HBO therapy these parts of the brain can heal and reestablish the brains lost connections.

Some reported benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a treatment for stroke:

     Reduces stroke recurrences
     Relieves muscle spasticity and increases muscle strength
     Improves mobility and fine motor function
     Increased physical/exercise capacity
     Improves walking and balance
     Improves sensitivity
     Improves mental function including speech and memoryImproves visual acuity
     Improves bowel and bladder control and reduces sexual deficit

Articles, Studies & Additional Information

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - Hope for Stroke Victims 
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Cerebral Oxygenation and the Recoverable Brain
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Management of Haemorrhagic Stroke with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - A Case Report 
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Offers New Hope for Stroke Victims
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Hyperbaric Oxygenation as an Adjunct Therapy in Strokes due to Thrombosis
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Reversibility of the Chronic Post-Stroke State
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The Improvement of Speech and Language Deficits in 3 Aphasic Stroke Patients by HBO Therapy
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Dr. Julian Whitaker's - Stroke & HBOT
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