A stroke occurs when the blood supply to any part of the brain is interrupted. It is sometimes described as a “brain attack”. It happens when a blood vessel in the brain bursts or becomes blocked. If the brain is deprived of blood flow for more than a few seconds it cannot receive oxygen and brain cells die, causing irreversible damage.
The two main types of stroke are ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke. Ischemic stroke happens when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain. It can be caused by thrombus or an embolism. Hemorrhagic stroke takes place when a blood vessel in the brain weakens and bursts, leaking into the brain. This leaking blood damages the brain cells.
Stroke risk factors include high blood pressure, which is actually the number one risk factor, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, a family history of stroke, high cholesterol, heart disease and old age. Blood clots can make strokes more likely to occur, and birth control pills increase the risk of blood clots.
Alcohol use, cocaine use, bleeding disorders and head injuries can increase bleeding in the brain which increases your likelihood of suffering a stroke.
Stroke symptoms are wide in scope and include headache, change in alertness, confusion, clumsiness, loss of balance and coordination, weakness, vision problems, emotional disturbances and problems walking and speaking.
Stroke Treatment with New Stem Cell Application
Adult stem cells are undifferentiated and adaptable, able to change into the cells of countless organs and tissues within the human body. Many therapies use stem cells as they restore damaged structures and rejuvenate failing cells through cell division, a process in which they multiply indefinitely. Stem cell science has seen considerable advancements in recent years with many new developments and discoveries being made.
Angeles Hospital’s Stroke Stem Cell Application
Angeles Health developed the Adult Autologous Stem Cell (A-ASC) Therapy program to care for a variety of patients, including people who have had strokes. Stroke patients are treated using autologous adult stem cells, which are harvested from the patient. There is therefore very little possibility of a patient’s body rejecting the cells.
Angeles hospital utilizes stem cells that come from the patient’s bone marrow and adipose tissue, or fat. As adipose tissue extraction is more effective than bone marrow extraction, the tissue yields up to ten times more stem cells, it is much more commonly used in stem cell application. Bone marrow extraction is also a more difficult procedure to carry out generally.
Organs and tissues can be targeted directly with the specialized catheterization procedure. It is also non-invasive and thus easy on the patient. Stem cells can be delivered around the body, there is no need for anesthesia and it all takes less than an hour.
Angeles Health International is a Center of Excellence and offers stroke patients the most innovative and high quality therapies. Collaborative medical practitioners work to encourage and define best practice. They learn together, measure their results and establish treatment protocols. The Center of Excellence operates with groups of licensed medical experts who adhere to formally appointed bodies of expertise. The highest standards of treatment and investigative research are thus maintained.
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