A team of researchers believes that focusing on overexcited neurons immediately after a stroke occurs can place a limit on how much damage is done because of a stroke.
In a newly published report, it is stated that calming down overexcited neurons within the first 24 hours after a stroke occurs might have the ability to help improve the stroke recovery process.
This is a bit different from what has traditionally been done when it comes to stroke recovery. In the past, research indicated that a focus on calming overexcited neurons after a stroke. The thought was that these neurons were releasing toxic molecules into the brain, compounding some of the damage that takes place in the brain after a stroke. And while research has indicated that this might actually be the case in the past, newer research began to question this wisdom. When clinical trials could not improve outcomes for those that were recovering from a stroke about 20 years ago, this approach fell out of favor and hasn’t been widely pursued as a result.
But the research team from the Washington University School of Medicine believes that this line of research may have been done away with a bit prematurely. The team published their findings in the scientific journal, Brain. They found that blocking excitotoxicity in mice had the ability to cure a stroke.
Recovering from a stroke is never easy. When a loved one has a stroke, it’s only normal to want to ensure that they are able to get the very best care and assistance that you can find. It’s natural to pursue the best treatments to help them recover as much as possible. Although a stroke can be devastating, people can and do recover. Having a strong support team throughout this process can make a world of difference.
Senior care plays an important role in this. Not only can a trained professional caregiver help relieve some of the burden on someone recovering from a stroke, they can relieve some of that burden from their family members, too. They can help to take care of the little things while a stroke survivor can focus on what’s important. Additionally, while a trained caregiver might not have a medical background, they can be trained to know what to do in the event that a medical emergency does occur. Unfortunately, those who suffer a stroke are at a much higher risk of having an additional one. Having someone there who knows what to do can help make recovery much more possible.
We’re here for you. One of our care professionals would love to talk more about in-home care and how we can help you and your loved ones thrive, whether you’re going through the stroke recovery process or something else. Having a strong, knowledgeable team on your side can make the senior care process easier, and we’d love to be a part of that team for you. Please feel free to get in touch if you’d like to learn more about how we might be able to help.