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Alzheimer's and Dementia

The Alzheimer’s Association defines dementia as “a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.” The two most common types of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. The former caused by shrinkage of the brain due to a toxic build-up of Amyloid-beta and the latter is primarily caused by a history of strokes or mini-strokes resulting from ongoing vascular disease. Both types are characterized by a decrease in oxygen to the brain (hypoxia), and for that reason, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has an immensely beneficial impact in treating these conditions.

HBOT has the ability to push oxygen deep into the brain, improving oxygen levels to damaged or oxygen-poor regions. HBOT also helps to rehabilitate those with vascular dementia, by returning vitality to those parts of the body, damaged by past strokes. In a recent study, HBOT was also shown to activate the neuroplasticity of the brain tissue. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience. This brain healing capability means that healing can occur in all cognitive impaired patients even with poststroke patients. The addition of Neurofeedback therapy with HBOT stimulates the brain to both heal and rewire to regain optimal function.

Improve Brain Performance

  • Stimulates Blood Vessel Growth to Improve Blood Flow
  • Improves Cerebral Oxygenation
  • Enhances Memory and Mental Performance

Reduce Neuroinflammtion

  • Reduces Brain Swelling
  • Decreases Intracranial Pressure
  • Increases Blood Flow to the Brain
  • Reduces Blood-Brain Barrier Breakdown
  • Minimizes Oxidative Stress

Increase Regeneration of the Nervous System

  • Stimulates Brain Tissue Regeneration
  • Promotes Proliferation and Mobilization of Neural Stem Cells
  • Facilitates Neuroplasticity

Improve Brain Repair

  • Recovers & Repairs Damaged Brain Tissue
  • Develops & Regains Cognitive/Motor Functions

Improved Neurological Conditions

  • Neurodevelopmental Conditions (Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome)
  • Neurodegenerative Conditions (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s Disease)
  • Neurological Injuries (Stroke, Traumatic Brain & Spinal Cord Injuries, Concussions)
Improve Brain Performance

1.Cui Yang, et al; The neuroprotective effects of oxygen therapy in Alzheimer’s disease: a narrative review. Neural Regen Res. 2023 Jan; 18(1): 57–63.Published online 2022 Apr 25. 10.4103/1673-5374.343897. PMID: 35799509. PMCID: PMC9241400

2.Jianwen Chen et al; Hyperbaric oxygen ameliorates cognitive impairment in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2020; 6(1): e12030.Published online 2020 Jun 14. doi: 10.1002/trc2.12030. PMID: 32548235. PMCID: PMC7293997

3.Paapa Mensah-Kane and Nathalie Sumien. The potential of hyperbaric oxygen as a therapy for neurodegenerative diseases. GeroScience. 2023 Apr; 45(2): 747–756. Published online 2022 Dec 16. doi: 10.1007/s11357-022-00707-z. PMID: 36525211. PMCID: PMC9886764

4.Paul G HarchEdward F Fogarty. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for Alzheimer’s dementia with positron emission tomography imaging: a case report. 2019 Jan 9;8(4):181-184. Doi: 10.4103/2045-9912.248271. eCollection 2018 Oct-Dec.PMID: 30713673. PMCID: PMC6352566

Study: Brain Function Improves with HBOT

A prospective, randomized, crossover, controlled trial was published in 2013 testing the effectiveness of HBOT for improving brain function and quality of life for mild-traumatic brain injured patients suffering chronic neuro-cognitive impairments. A total of 56 patients, 1-5 years after injury, with prolonged postconcussion syndrome were evaluated. Patients in the treated group were assessed prior to HBOT and after 40 HBOT sessions. Whereas patients in the crossover group were evaluated three times: prior to HBOT, after a 2-month control period of no HBOT and after 2-months of 40 HBOT sessions. Significant improvements were confirmed in cognitive function and quality of life in both groups after HBOT, however, no significant improvement was observed following the control period. HBOT was shown to induce significant brain function improvements, the creation of new brain connections and increased brain activity.

REFERENCES

  1. Boussi-Gross R, Golan H, Fishlev G, Bechor Y, Vokov O, et al. (2013) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Improve Post Concussion Syndrome Years after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury – Randomized Prospective Trial. PLoS ONE 8(11): e79995
  2. International Hyperbaric Association. (2014). Neurology & Hyperbarics. Retrieved from https://www.ihausa.org/neurolgy.html

These statements have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. All of the statements made on this document are not anecdotal and have been taken directly from clinical data.