For home health care workers who are treating someone who has had a stroke, new research may have a new way to help them recover.
A study out of the Medical College of Georgia Department of Neurology at Georgia Health Sciences University suggests vigorous bouts of leg compressions after a stroke could create natural protective mechanisms in order to reduce effects of the episode.
The study's authors compared the compressions to tissue plasminogen activators (tPA), which is currently the only stroke therapy approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and found that using the compression technique reduced the size of stroke in animal test subjects by 25.7 percent. These results were better than tPA.
"This is potentially a very cheap, usable and safe – other than the temporary discomfort – therapy for stroke," said Dr. David Hess, a stroke specialist who chairs the Medical College of Georgia Department of Neurology at Georgia Health Sciences University. "Much like preparation to run a marathon, you are getting yourself ready, you are conditioning your body to survive a stroke."
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