How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can be Used To Treat Cardiovascular Disease
HBOT helps with Cardiovascular problems:
What is How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a process in which a person is kept in a body chambers with a regulated and controlled atmospheric pressure, in this, the person inhales 100% oxygen wherein the healing process of the body increases.
In HBOT therapy excessive oxygen is pumped into the body which is carried by the fluids in the body, plasma, central nervous system fluid, bones, and lymph. The oxygen is sent in the areas of the body where there is the lack of it. Generally, oxygen is carried out only by the red blood cells in the whole body. It is a non surgical treatment for heart helps white blood cells to fight bacteria, reduces body swelling and opens up the blood vessels for easier blood flow in the body.
How HBOT is done?
It is done a chamber, where a person is lying down. Depending on the illness and disease HBOT therapy can take place from 10 days to several months, as per the joint consensus of the doctors. The patient need to spend at least 2 hours in the chamber, meanwhile, the patient can watch a movie or take rest. The patient can see the improvement within the seven days of the treatment.
Preparing the patient.
It is advisable to not to take alcohol or carbonated drinks for four hours before the treatment. Also, it is important to stop the consumption of tobacco or smoking during the complete treatment, as it interferes with the oxygen flow inside the body.
What are the benefits?
It is a non-invasive and highly effective therapy. Many of the injuries and illnesses are not healed properly due to the lack of oxygen within the body, due to the problem in circulation, sufficient oxygen is not able to reach to the damaged areas.
HBOT Therapy is highly effective and improves the life of a patient. It has responded well to many medical conditions like chronic fatigue, head injuries, cerebral palsy and much more.
What are the risks or side-effects?
There are no major side-effects or risks in HBOT . The patient may experience the temporary change in vision or barotraumas to the ears and sinus due the change in pressure. To prevent this, the sufficient cleaning of an ear is required by inserting tubes in the ears.
It is a nonsurgical treatment for heart, which is quite effective as it allows the smooth blood flow in the blood vessels. Even after the treatment one should take precautions and do light exercises to be healthy.
Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)
Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is a blockage of the small blood vessels that supply the heart muscle with oxygen. ACS includes heart attack, called myocardial infarction, and chest pain or discomfort, called angina. People who experience heart attacks require immediate treatment by emergency medical personnel. Heart attacks often lead to sudden cardiac arrest or cardiac death.
ACS is caused by coronary artery disease (CAD), also called coronary heart disease (CHD). The most common type of heart disease, CAD is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply the heart with oxygen. The narrowed vessels may become clogged with blood clots or fat deposits circulating with the blood. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US.
Treatment with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) may reduce the risk of dying, the time to pain relief, and the chance of future heart attacks in people with acute coronary syndrome. HBOT is thought to increase the supply of oxygen to the heart and may decrease the area of damage and death in the heart muscle. More research is needed to confirm the efficacy of HBOT in conjunction with standard regimens and to identify the types of patients who may benefit.
In 2004, and then in September 2014, the Cochrane Heart Group reviewed 6 randomized controlled trials with 665 participants. The review authors conclude there is some evidence HBOT may reduce the risk of death, amount of heart damage, and duration of pain for patients experiencing heart attack and severe angina. At the same time, they note limitations in the studies they evaluated and conclude more substantial research is required before the benefits of HBOT for ACS patients are proven. Lacking that evidence, HBOT cannot be recommended for routine treatment of heart attack or severe angina according to the authors. [ Cochrane, 2015
Research & Studies
Protective effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO2) in cardiac care–A proposal to conduct a study into the effects of hyperbaric pre-conditioning in elective coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG)