Avoiding a Brain Injury Following Cardiac Arrest is a Potential Thanks to New Treatment

Scientists believe that a traumatic brain injury (TBI) following heart failure and cardiac arrest can be avoided as well as repaired, according to a new study. The study, titled, “Neurological Recovery,” describes a common condition known as ischemia that occurs often after unwitnessed cardiac arrest when an individual suffers from cessation of blood flow causing severe neurological injury. The neurological or brain damage occurs because heart function and resuscitation have been delayed for 10 minutes, according to the study.

Scientists have previously held the belief that massive injury or death would be the result of 30 minutes of ischemia following cardiac arrest. However, the study reports that 20 minutes of “conditioned blood” that is delivered in a controlled process known as reperfusion may offer a complete recovery of ischemia, researchers said.

The authors of the study have been researching reperfusion for nearly 25 years and have found that the process may likely save and and reverse these effects, such as stroke, following heart issues and grouped together as post-cardiac arrest syndrome. Brain injured victims found a positive outcome when provided with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and reperfusion.

Cardiac Arrest and Traumatic Brain Injury

Medical News Today published an article in May 2006 reporting the details on the relationship of brain damage and cardiac arrest. According to the article, “much of the damage from an incident is neurological and as the brain is starved for blood flow and oxygen, severe brain injury can result.”

The National Registry of CPR also conducted a survey of individuals who had suffered from TBI following cardiac arrest and found that in 2006, “among the 19,819 adults and 524 children whose hearts were re-started, their in-hospital mortality rates were 67 percent and 55 percent.” Reperfusion as well as additional methods are continually being studied to assist victims in positive outcomes following a brain injury incident.

Treating Brain Injuries

TBI can be a very difficult condition to treat as there are many signs and symptoms that are often deemed untreatable. Additionally, because hundreds of thousands of the 5.4 million traumatic brain injury victims may not be treated appropriately for their condition, which increases the negative side effects associated with TBI.

Locating medical assistance is imperative for individuals who may have suffered from a brain injury. It may also be advisable for a victim to locate a personal injury law firm in order to develop potential traumatic brain injury litigation or a TBI lawsuit in order to receive funds as a compensation for damages done.

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