Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Stroke

DISCLAIMER: This information is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of a physician. Anyone who wishes to embark on any medical program intended to prevent or treat a specific disease or condition should first consult with a qualified physician.

A sound physiological and anatomical basis for why hyperbaric oxygen improves acute and chronic stroke and brain-damaged individuals has been developed over the past 100 years. Pioneering work in 1965 demonstrated positive results in patients suffering from focal cerebral ischemia. Since then, numerous articles have been published demonstrating that HBOT is useful for the treatment of both acute and chronic stroke.

Oxygen is a natural gas that is absolutely necessary for life and healing. Oxygen under pressure is still the same gas, but more able to penetrate into parts of the body where arterial flow is hindered. In addition to raising arterial levels of oxygen 10 to 15 times greater than that produced by normal atmospheric pressure, the pressure exerted within the body produces therapeutic benefits on acute and chronically traumatized and swollen tissues.