Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and the top cause of long-term disability. Surprisingly, roughly one-fourth of all strokes happen in people younger than 65. Patients have historically resorted to conventional treatment approaches, which have unfortunately presented limited efficacy. Please fill out a medical review form, or call our office in Glenview, Illinois to learn more.
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is suddenly blocked (an ischemic stroke) or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts (a hemorrhagic stroke). Ischemic strokes, which account for about 87% of all strokes, are caused by an obstruction, such as narrowed arteries or a blood clot.
Brain cells die in all types of strokes, whether due to the sudden bleeding or because a lack of blood deprives them of oxygen and nutrients.
The symptoms of a stroke include:
Unfortunately, at the present time, traditional medicine is limited. In ischaemic stroke victims - when arteries are blocked or narrowed from atherosclerosis - Tissue Plasminogen Activator (TPA) is effective in dissolving the clot but it must be injected within 4 hours of symptoms appearing. In hemorrhagic stroke, traditional treatment is focused on controlling the bleeding and reducing the pressure on the brain. Recovery from a stroke will often involve specific therapies (including speech, physical, and occupational) all with varying degrees of success. Most of the patients have long-term morbidity.
Within the body, there are different sources of stem cells - known as the "mother" or "master" cells capable of differentiating into virtually any type of cell. It has been documented by several scientific publications that stem cells may differentiate into a specific cell or tissue type.