Cooling stroke patients’ brains could aid recoveryJanuary 24th, 2011 - 1:13 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 24 (ANI): A group of Scottish doctors have suggested that cooling the brain of patients who have suffered a stroke could dramatically improve their recovery.
They are joining others from across Europe who believe that inducing hypothermia in some patients can boost survival rates and reduce brain damage.
To date, studies have involved the body of patients being cooled using ice cold intravenous drips and cooling pads applied to the skin.
This lowers the body temperature to about 35C, just a couple of degrees below its normal level.
The technique puts the body into a state of artificial hibernation, where the brain can survive with less blood supply, giving doctors vital time to treat blocked or burst blood vessels.
“Our estimates are that hypothermia might improve the outcome for more than 40,000 Europeans every year,” the BBC quoted Dr Malcolm Macleod, head of experimental neuroscience at the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, as saying.
Scientists are in Brussels to discuss a Europe-wide trial of the technique. (ANI)
- Study: Cooling brains of stroke patients could reduce risk of disabilities - Jan 25, 2011
- New surgical freezing technique can convert sure death into 90pc survival rate - Sep 27, 2010
- Trials set for body chilling anaesthesia - Sep 27, 2010
- Cooling therapy protects brain after cardiac arrest - Dec 05, 2009
- Blood from stem cells likely within next decade - Oct 27, 2011
- Drug may help preserve brain function following cardiac arrest - Mar 02, 2011
- Stillborn Brit baby 'comes back to life after 25 minutes' - Mar 03, 2011
- Doctors diagnose patients within moments of meeting - Dec 15, 2011
- Arsenic could improve survival for leukaemia patients - Nov 12, 2010
- Hypothermia therapy can benefit younger cardiac patients too - Apr 04, 2011
- Being pessimistic may lower painkiller's effectiveness: Study - Feb 17, 2011
- Clot busting drug could improve stroke treatment - May 29, 2011
- Soon, drug to stop memory loss - Oct 13, 2010
- Dead Amarnath pilgrims fudged health certificates: report - Jul 20, 2012
- New CPR method increases survival rate by 50pc - Mar 02, 2011
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,