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Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Raise Blood Pressure
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (hbot) is, by definition, the administration of oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure. There are many indications for this type of treatment: radiation injuries, wounds related to diabetes or poor circulation, and others. Hbot is delivered in 1 of 2 ways: a monochamber (1 patient at a time) or a multichamber (more than 1 patient). The ...Read more
It might: It is a very expensive trreatment but its greatest benefit is treating spinal injury asap. Read my blog "oxygen, the spark of life" you can google. Oxygen is the very root of energy metabolism and a great deal of energy is required for healing. But, like everything else, it has to be dosed. Too much oxygen is as bad as too little. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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Hyperbaric oxygen: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is delivered in a chamber. It can be single person chamber or a multiplace chamber. 100% oxygen is delivered within the chamber under pressures equal to 2 to 2.5 atmospheres of pressure depending on the medical problem that you physician is treating. This is equal to 33 feet of seawater in pressure. The treatments last two to 2.5 hours; they are done daily. ...Read more
Possibly yes: The usefulness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in healing chronic diabetic foot ulcer is well documented. There is only anecdotal evidence that hbo will help acute injuries heal. Inflammation is evident both in chronic wounds and in acute injury. Hbo is known to decrease inflammation so theoretically acute injuries should resolve more quickly with hbo. More study is needed before hbo use for injury. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Variable: The answer is somewhat variable. The effects of hyperbaric oxygen can be immediate (in the case of carbon monoxide poisoning), but can be long - very long (for example, in the case of radiation cystitis). We usually wait about 1 month before seeing effects in diabetic wounds, but again this varies depending on the size of the wound, and its "complexity" (i.e., underlying medical conditions). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Yes, there are known risks of hyperbaric oxygen therapy that a qualified doctor should review with you prior to starting treatment. Risks can be related to pressure on the eardrum (barotrauma), lower blood sugar, changes in your vision, risk of fire / explosion, and other problems. Most patients do just fine, but make sure you ask a hyperbaricist about all your concerns before starting treatment. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
All 13?: There may not be enough space to answer your question, but i'll try: 1. Diabetic foot ulcers, after 30+ days of std wound care. 2. Chronic refractory osteomyelitis 3. Radiation skin or soft tissue injuries 4. Actinomycosis 5. Crush injuries and acute traumatic ischemic limbs 6. Necrotizing skin / soft tissue infections 7. Air embolism 8. Decompression sickness.. Oops, i'm out of space, sry. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sorry, no.: The only evidence-based treatment of autism is intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy geared at the child's developmental age. When a young child is ready, "peer therapy" is effective, adult-supervised play with a neurotypical peer in multiple settings. Group therapy at age 6 & > is repetitive, rote training in basic skills. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
HBOT: There are > 12 fda approved uses for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The committee on hyperbaric oxygen therapy of the undersea ; hyperbaric medicine recommends hyperbaric oxygen can be used for treatment of: decompression sickness, gas embolism (arterial), recalcitrant soft tissue infections ; osteomyelitis, gangrene, carbon monoxide poisoning, wounds or skin grafts/flaps that aren't healing w. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the risks or possible side effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy? Does it hurt? And what side effects are there?
Treatment : Treatment of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (hbot) is generally safe and painless. The most common side effect would be the risk of injury to your ear drums during the compression phase of the treatment. This is because compression of the hyperbaric chamber is similar to when an airplane lands, or when you dive to the bottom of a swimming pool. As pressure builds up outside of the ear, you will have to equalize pressure by "popping" your ears. If you can do this, there should be no problems. If you cannot because you have a cold, aren't paying attention, or because you are not properly trying to equalize pressure, you can have pain, bleeding, swelling, or in a worst case scenario - rupture of the ear drum. These can all be easily avoided by communicating with your hyperbaric chamber operator, who will monitor your progress and adjust your compression or decompression rate. If you cannot successfully equalize your ears, you may be referred for pressure equalization tubes, which will eliminate this risk. You may have similar discomfort in your sinuses, which is more difficult to manage because it is not possible to actively equalize pressure in your sinuses. In this case, your treatment may have to be postponed until you can decreased the amount of inflammation around your sinus cavities. People who get hbot may also be at risk to damage to their lungs if there is a history of spontaneous collapse of the lungs, or damage to the lung tissue such as emphysema or COPD or asthma. If you have any history of lung disease, you should tell your treating physician ahead of time so that they can screen you for safety. We have noticed that there are some people who develop mild nearsightedness as a result of hbot. This usually is in the elderly or diabetic patient but can happen to anyone who has had a multi-week series of hbot. These effects are generally temporary and revert back to pre-hbot vision. You should be aware of these changes so that you can plan for alternative transportation in case your vision changes. You should not have to get new glasses, as vision will generally return to baseline after you have stopped your hbot. As with any medication, too much medicine may result in an toxicity. In the case of oxygen, you can get a case of oxygen poisoning of the brain, which could result in a seizure. This seizure is strictly related to the oxygen and will stop once the oxygen levels are decreased. You won't have to take any medications or be at any higher risk of seizures in the future. The risk of an oxygen induced seizure has been estimated to be about 1 in 3, 000 to 1 in 5, 000 treatments. Your treating physician may modify your treatment profile to use less oxygen, or institute more frequent or longer air breaks to temporarily lower the dose of oxygen to your brain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Please i need your help.My mom had a stroke in march. What can hyperbaric oxygen therapy do to treat patients with stroke?
Unclear: There's no conclusive evidence that hyperbaric oxygen therapy improves stroke outcome. Increasing the supply of oxygen to the parts of the brain affected by stroke may reduce the extent of irreversible damage. But this has not been proved. Too few people have been studied to say whether hyperbaric oxygen therapy decreases the chance of dying or if it offers other benefits. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Can you tell me about person in coma after head injury regained consciousness after under going hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
When I was a diving : Medical officer, myself ; the master diver did two simultaneous treatment table sevens (in two side by side multiplace chambers on the uss kittiwake asr -13). Both men (divers) came in in full arrest - one by helo and one by water. One diver (who had drown) did not make it - the other diver returned to consciousness. I met him again years later ; he appeared to have resolution of his initial. ...Read more
All-cotton (100%)!: Cotton, being a natural fiber, is probably the most well-studied in the hyperbaric chamber. Compared to silk and synthetic fibers (which engender static electricity), cotton is considered the safest fiber in a _pressurized_ chamber containing 100% oxygen, waiting for a spark or heat to explode. We use special 100% cotton scrubs and static-free detergent for use in our chambers. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more
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