The Effect of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy on Functional Impairments Caused by Ischemic Stroke
Emily R. Rosario , Stephanie E. Kaplan, Sepehr Khonsari, Garrett Vazquez, Niyant Solanki, Melanie Lane, Hiriam Brownell, and Sheila S. Rosenberg
Each year over 795,000 Americans will suffer a stroke result- ing in death or significant disability. While considerable func- tional gains are often made, significant assistance in daily life is still required in approximately one-third of stroke survivors
This study investigated the impact of HBOT as a therapeutic intervention following stroke across a number of functional domains including speech, language, cognition, physical function, and quality of life. We found a beneficial effect of HBOT on memory, processing speed, gait velocity, upper extremity mobility, sleep, and overall recovery. We also observed significant transient changes in neural and inflammatory biomarkers in response to HBOT that may result in the sustained functional changes that were observed.
Interesting these results are consistent in different patient populations with neurological injuries.