Latest Studies Show Progress in Stem Cell Therapy for Stroke
Stroke continues to be among the most serious medical conditions to date. Once known as “brain stroke,” this cardiovascular disease cuts off the brain’s blood flow. If some type of medical invention doesn’t take place within an hour, brain injury can become severe and, often, fatal.
The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI), a leading regenerative medicine clinic in the United States, keeps a close watch on the progress of stem cell therapy clinical trials for stroke. Progress in these trials has continued to be promising over the years, and the latest news from multiple medical publications indicates that this progress is not slowing down.
There are three ways that stroke can occur. They are:
- A clot forming in a blood vessel in the brain (ischemic stroke)
- A blood vessel in the brain ruptures (hemorrhagic stroke)
- A clot forms in a blood vessel temporarily, causing a “mini stroke” (transit ischemic attack)
Regardless of the cause for stroke, each classification has one thing in common. Blood flow to the brain is interrupted. When this happens, brain tissue death occurs. This can cause a cascade of related neurological and physical disabilities.
The good news is that prevention and treatment for stroke have improved exponentially over the decades.
Part of this is because of the increase in stroke awareness in the public arena. Advances in recovery and rehabilitation methods have also contributed greatly. But even more significant are the medical strides that have been made, including extensive research and clinical trials based on recent developments in the fields of regenerative medicine.
What the Latest Trials Based on Stem Cell Therapy are Showing Us
One of the most promising methods of stem cell therapy for stroke involves the application of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Several studies indicate that MSC therapy may soon become an important player in post-stroke brain repair.
The results of studies that have appeared in scholarly publications like PubMedCentral have demonstrated the potential of developing stem cell therapies for stroke once the emergency phase of the disease has passed.
Stem Cell Therapy Basics
Contrary to what many people think, stem cells remain in the human body from birth to death. A stem cell is a microscopic but mighty packet of potential. These “proto cells” are produced inside bone marrow. The cells are stored in two areas: the bone marrow that produces them and adipose fat. Adipose fat is the fatty tissue that lies just beneath the skin.
Stem cells migrate out of the bone marrow to circulate throughout the body. There, the cells remain in a state of undifferentiation, which means they have the potential to become whatever type of cell the body needs for healing, re-growth, and rejuvenation.
Whether the need is for fresh skin, muscle, bone, blood, cartilage, brain, nerve cells and more, stem cells are the building blocks of healing and regeneration. To date, a wide array of therapies for injuries and illnesses has been developed and are now available in the U.S., including:
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Back Pain/Injury
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
- Joint Pain/Injury
- Kidney Conditions
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
- Spinal Cord Injury
How Stem Cell Therapy For Stroke Would Work
Medical science is hard at work developing a bona fide stem cell therapy for stroke. Among the qualities that make stem cell therapy, such a potentially powerful weapon in the fight against stroke is the stem cell’s role in the growth of new blood vessels and the repair of existing ones. Repairing damaged vessels and/or creating new ones within the brain would increase or restore blood flow, contributing to the growth of new brain cells.
Stem cells also have significant anti-inflammatory qualities and can aid in the regulation of the body’s immune response.
Continuing clinical studies show how stem cells help in “dialing back” the outsized immune response that generally follows stroke. While a well-regulated immune system is essential for all healing –whether for an illness or an injury- the response that follows a stroke is so vigorous it can lead to further neurological damage. Stem cells show great promise in helping “tamp down” the immune system response in order to promote healing rather than contributing to damaging effects of stroke.
Much of the present focus on stem cells’ potential in stroke treatment is centered around the development of a stem cell-based therapy that will aid in the recovery and rehabilitation phases once the initial emergency has passed. It is believed that stem cells may help in restoring range of motion, stamina, speech, and cognitive ability.
Many researchers believe that other ways that the development of a future stem cell therapy for stroke may benefit patients include:
- Improvement in physical coordination and posture
- Improvement in lower body movement
- Improvement in the ability to stand without assistance
- Improvement in hand/eye coordination
- Improvement in fine motor skills
- Improvement in overall muscle strength
- Improved blood circulation
- Improvement is facial and limb sensitivity
Future Stem Cell Therapies May Break the Cycle of Cascading Effects that Contribute to Stroke
The work being done in regenerative medicine points to the potential of therapeutic stem cell treatments being used in the prevention of several illnesses and conditions that often lead to stroke. Studies and clinical trials have shown how stem cell therapy can aid in reducing high blood pressure and the management blood glucose levels. Stem cell therapy for diabetes, for example, is already available in the United States.
Physical Rehabilitation Will Still Be Essential
Even though present research and clinical trials offer a thrilling glimpse into what future stroke treatment may look like through stem cell therapy, no medical professional discounts the ongoing role that physical and speech therapies will play in stroke recovery. However, the present outlook anticipates stem cell therapy making strides in post-stroke rehabilitation as well.
Since stem cells, by their very nature, focus on re-growth, healing, and repair on the cellular level, it is anticipated that continuing research will show that future stem cell therapy for stroke will likely accelerate patient progress in both functional rehabilitation and speech therapy.
What You Can Do to Help Prevent Stroke
While the future of stroke treatment and rehabilitation points to exponential progress through stem cell therapy, it is important to not lose sight of the present. Stroke remains a serious illness that affects as many as 795,000 Americans every year. Two of the most effective preventions available to the public are also continuing to dramatically change the outcome of stroke.
1. Healthy Lifestyle Changes
Much of successful stroke prevention begins in the home. Ways that you can take better control include:
- Lowering high blood pressure
- Healthy weight management
- Getting at least moderate amounts of exercise
- Drinking alcohol only in moderation (or not at all)
- Getting proper treatment of atrial fibrillation
- Proper management of diabetes
- Stop using tobacco products
- Adopt a heart healthy diet
- Making sure you keep regular doctor check-ups
2. Learn the Warning Signs of a Stroke in Progress
Today, thanks to increased public awareness, more stroke victims are getting help within that first critical hour. The American Stroke Association has developed an effective way to help people recognize when someone is exhibiting the warning signs of a stroke in progress. It’s called the F.A.S.T. technique.
F –Face. One side of the face is numb or drooping. Test it by asking the person to smile. If the smile is uneven or lopsided, it can be a warning sign of stroke.
A –Arm. One arm is weak or numb. Ask the person to raise both arms. If one drifts downward, a stroke may be in progress?
S –Speech. Speech is slurred or difficult to understand when you talk with the person. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, such as “the sky is blue.” If the person can’t speak correctly, it can be a warning sign of stroke.
T –Time to call 9-1-1. If the person is exhibiting any of the above three symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 immediately. A symptom that flares then disappears can indicate a “mini-stroke.” These are as serious as an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke. Be sure to note the time when the symptoms first began.
When Will Stem Cell Therapy for Stroke be Available?
The outlook is highly promising, but an exact prediction of when stem cell stroke therapy will become available to the public cannot be ethically claimed. However, stem cell therapy is already making headway as an auxiliary aid in the treatment of diseases associated with stroke such as heart failure.
The FDA has also issued guidelines for diabetes and COPD therapies that are currently available in the United States.
As with all medical procedures, it is important that stem cell therapy is administered by a licensed and trained physician. All legitimate stem clinics in the United States strictly adhere to FDA guidelines. The National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) urges members of the public to fully research and vet any stem cell clinic they are considering for therapy.
With that in mind, NSI offers the below tips for finding the right stem cell clinic for you.
What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic
When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves, and spinal cord.
Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.
The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.
What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:
1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.
2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.
3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics
4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.
5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.
Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.
If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.
* Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary. As each patient’s problem is different, each treatment must be tailored around your specific needs.