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Stroke & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

It is a matter of Time. With Strokes, Time is Brain. Neither can be wasted!

Stroke is defined as a neurological deficit attributed to an acute focal injury of the central nervous system (CNS) by a vascular cause, including cerebral infarction, intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), & subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Ischemic strokes results from an obstruction (blood clot) within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain & accounts of 87% percent of all stroke cases. Hemorrhagic strokes are caused by a ruptured of a weakened blood vessel. Transient ischemic attacks (TIA) are caused by a temporary clot.

The latest statics state that on average in the U.S. there are 795,000 strokes annually. There is twice the risk & higher death rate among blacks. They are the number 5 cause of death in the U.S. at the rate of 129,000 per year. Strokes are the leading cause of disability at a cost $70 Billion annually in the U.S. alone.

With a stroke there are two regions of tissue that are affected. The umbra which is a core of tissue that is infracted (dead or dying) by the stroke. Penumbra is tissue region that is functionally impaired but potentially viable tissue that normally surrounds an area of recent cerebral infarction.

Ischemic Stroke. Treating an acute stroke with HBOT is a viable option in which the outcome is dependent on the time to reperfusion/recanalization which prevents conversion of penumbra to umbra. As started above, the amount of recovery for a stoke patient is dependent on dosing, the timing (window of opportunity), and prior treatments. But the key factor is timing, the earlier a patient enters hyperbaric treatment, the greater the chances of recovery & the better the recovery. Every day that goes by, the window of opportunity diminishes.

There are numerous studies that have been published about the treatment of strokes using HBOT. We are very successful in treating strokes with HBOT. However, the patient must be stabilized before beginning HBOT. Any blood pressure problems must be resolved prior to starting HBOT. We simply ask that you do your homework. 

Dr. Skaggs is a member of the International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation/International Hyperbaric Medical Association (IHMF/IHMA) & recently appointed to the Executive Board of Directors. These two sister organizations are on the cutting edge of research, establishing treatment & treatment protocols, while establishing safety for the public & the industry.

  Skaggs Chiropractic is also listed with TreatNOW.org. Please feel free to contact our office if we can answer any questions.