Stroke Stem Cell TherapyStroke is a condition of the loss of brain functions due to burst or blocked blood vessel to the brain. The lack of blood flow in affected area of the brain can cause problems to other body functions such as immobility, impaired speech, vision, and more. Stroke is one of the most common emergencies. If left untreated, it can cause serious complications, permanent brain damage, and death. The statistics show that stroke is the 2nd leading cause of death worldwide. In United States and Europe, the leading cause of adult disability is also due to stroke.
Although there are many risk factors that cause stroke such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, aging, smoking and drug abuse, diabetes, and the history of previous stroke, high blood pressure seems to be the most important risk factor. The statistics show that 35 – 50% of all strokes are caused by high blood pressure. Evidences show that lowering blood pressure can reduce the risk of stroke.
Traditionally, treatment for stroke begins with a head CT scan to see bleeding around the brain. Then doctor will start a patient on medication and rehabilitation program.
Not until recently, there has been a development in stem cell therapy. Scientists around the world are trying to find out if stem cell treatment can help stroke patient by regenerating damaged area of the brain. Current statistics show that approximately 30% of the patients have a complete stroke recovery. Unfortunately, however, the rest become disabled for life or die. Nevertheless, scientists are hopeful and excited for further development in stem cell technology. Stem cell treatment may unravel the cure for stroke in the near future.
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