What is Stroke
A stroke is a condition in which lack of oxygen or blood results in the death of brain cells and subsequent brain damage, leading to loss of abilities controlled by the affected area, such as speech, movement and memory. It is the leading cause of disability and the No. 4 cause of death in the US. The extent of the loss of abilities depends upon the area of the brain where the stroke occurs and the severity of brain damage. For instance, individuals who may have witnessed a small stroke could experience minor problems, like weakness in the limbs, while larger ones can cause complete paralysis and loss of speech. If the stroke is toward the back of the brain, then there could be some loss of vision.
Since the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body and the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body, a stroke damaging one side of the brain will result in complications in the other side of the body. For example, if it occurs in the brain’s right side, then the left side of the body (and the left side of the face) will be affected, while a stroke in the left side of the brain will affect the right side of the body. Some people achieve complete recovery from strokes, though over 2/3 of survivors are left with some type of disability.
What Causes Stroke
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot (ischemic stroke) or when a blood vessel bursts (hemorrhagic stroke). Mini-strokes, or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), occur when the supply of blood to the brain is interrupted for a short time. Nearly nine out of 10 are ischemic strokes. Hemorrhagic strokes are less common, but are far more likely to be fatal, while a TIA is a warning sign that a stroke may occur soon.
The most common cause is hardening of arteries, or atherosclerosis. Fat, cholesterol, calcium and other substances builds up plaque in the arteries, leaving less room for blood to flow. A blood clot can lodge in this narrow space within the artery and result in an ischemic stroke. Atherosclerosis also makes it easier for formation of a clot. Hemorrhagic stroke occurs mostly due to uncontrolled high blood pressure, which results in bursting of a weakened artery. Some chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity, increase the risk, while certain behaviors, like smoking, getting too little exercise and heavy use of alcohol, add to the risk. Some risk factors, like high blood pressure and smoking, can be controlled by medication or lifestyle changes, though others, such as age, heredity, and race cannot be changed.
Cerebra’s Treatment for Stroke
Cerebra’s deep desire to find safe, non-invasive, technology-based solutions to crippling neurological disorders, for whom, traditional medical science is unable to offer concrete solutions, has led to Cerebra PhotoBioStim (CPBS) technology, which is a potent weapon against deadly neurological diseases, such as stroke. CPBS heals and regenerates the brain by using coherent light all over the scalp to directly stimulate the affected areas. The basic biochemical pathways activated by CPBS, e.g., increased ATP production, and signaling pathways activated by reactive oxygen species, nitric oxide release, and increased cyclic adenosine monophosphate (AMP), all work together to produce beneficial effects in brains whose function has been compromised by stroke. By producing a significant amount of structural and cellular change in the brain, the use of CPBS on affected areas of the brain can restore their function to a substantial degree when initiated at the earliest possible stage. CPBS’ therapeutic results show that an objective progressive improvement appears in nerve function, leading to a significant and earlier recovery. Apart from restoring the quality of life in survivors, CPBS also prevents further strokes, while reducing the chances of a primary stroke in adults.
Cerebra’s suite of brain enhancement and regeneration technologies also includes Cerebra TurboBrain (CTB), which is an effective, non-intrusive and drugless way of increasing cerebral blood flow to enhance cognitive abilities. By increasing cerebral blood flow, CTB increases the rate of capillary formation – Angiogenesis – and improves extensive synaptic connections among neurons through the process of Synaptogenesis – thereby drastically improving thinking, memory, focus and attention. CTB accelerates the production of stem-cells (master cells with the ability to grow into any one of the body’s more than 200 cell types) in the brain, which allows for the renewal and repair of any body tissue, including the brain.
Both CPBS and CTB offer great potential in the resolution of adult disorders, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc., and are already delivering promising results for affected people across Asia, including Mumbai and New Delhi. Please visit the Scientific Research section in the website to read about the vast amount of studies that is being done on CPBS and CTB technologies.
Why Early Intervention Is Important In Treatment for Stroke
Intervening aggressively at an early stage is crucial in all neurological diseases, as the brain’s abilities decline sharply with each passing day. So, the earlier the intervention, the better the chances of arresting the decline in mental skills, which, once lost completely, may be almost impossible to regain.
Stroke is a life-changing event that affects not only the patients themselves, but also their family members and caregivers. It can cause long-term damage unless there is early intervention, which is vital in order to improve the patient’s cognitive functions and quality of life, as well as reduce the caregiver’s burden. Timely treatment with CPBS and CTB training before irreversible damage occurs can help survivors regain lost skills.
Please visit the Success Stories section in the website to read our Clinical Study of a stroke patient, and the remarkable improvements in all brain and body functions of the patient, and also, the CT Scan images clearly showing regeneration of the brain following 60 sessions of CPBS therapy.