Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Depression


Depressive disorder is a neurological condition with possible inflammatory roots, according to doctors and researchers. HBOT's underlying mechanisms have long been identified to be potent antidotes for inflammation.  A study released in May 2020 explored the use of HBOT to treat post-stroke depression, or PSD, a common after-effect of stroke.     

In this meta-analysis, seven electronic databases were comprehensively searched for randomized clinical trials on HBOT through May 2019. Outcomes that were measured included response rate, depression severity, neurological deficit, physical disability, and adverse events experienced by HBOT patients. A total of 27 trials involving more than 2,000 participants were identified and reviewed in the analysis.  Researchers stated that patients in HBOT groups had a higher response rate to depression treatment than patients in control groups. HBOT significantly reduced Hamilton Depression scores, National Institute of Health Stroke Scale scores, Chinese Stroke Scale scores, and Modified Scandinavian Stroke Scale scores. HBOT also improved the Barthel Index, which is often used to assess functional independence in stroke patients.

In treating patients who have recently suffered stroke, Hyperbaric Therapy of the Lowcountry staff has witnessed similar positive effects and improvmenent in patients who have undergone HBOT at its Hilton Head hyperbaric oxygen facility.      

To read more:  Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is Effective and Safe Therapeutic Approach for Post-Stroke Depression    

FDA Approves Nationwide Study for use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Cases of Acute Brain Injury



Researchers at UC San Diego Health have joined a national research study called Hyperbaric Oxygen Brain Injury Treatment (HOBIT).  Doctors at ten different centers and univerisity hospitals across the U.S. plan to administer hyperbaric oxygen therapy to newly brain injured patients.  Injury to the brain is compounded by swelling and decreased blood flow, resulting in decreased oxygenation.  HBOT's benefits have long been known to include its ability to decrease swelling and increase available oxygen to organs and tissues.  HOBIT researchers first needed to complete the laborious process of gaining FDA approval for the authorized use of hospital hyperbaric chambers to treat acutely brain injured patients.  Hospital hyperbaric therapy units have historically been tightly controlled and vastly underutilized due to narrow Medicare reimbursement limitations.  With the FDA's special approval for acute brain injury, researchers are optimistic that they can show HBOT administered soon after brain injury improves overall recovery.

ABC News affiliate from Denver recently reported this story:  Study Tests Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Hours After Severe Brain Injury       

New Research Shows Benefits of Using HBOT to Keep the Aging Brain Healthy


Newly published research data describes the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for the aging brain.  Researchers from the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research at Shamir Medical Center and Tel Aviv University found that HBOT “can significantly enhance the cognitive performance of healthy older adults. The results of the study, conducted on adults over the age of 64, were published in the journal, Aging. Local seniors, focused on health and wellness, have reported similar improvements and decrease in “mental fog” after undergoing a series of HBOT with Hyperbaric Therapy of the Lowcountry.

To read more:   Novel Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy May Improve Cognitive Function In Elderly

Study from NYU Hospital Shows Promise for a New Use of HBOT

CBS New York recently aired a health segment "Max Minute" with Dr. Max Gomez, reporting on a completed ramdomized study conducted by doctors at NYU Winthrop Hospital utilizing hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for acutely ill patients suffering from COVID-19.  Patients were administered five HBOT sessions. Doctors observed a positive clinical response in all those treated and reported that the patients were subsequently able to avoid having to be put on ventilators.  Although promising results for a new arena of use for HBOT, doctors caution that the randomised study was small and that much more information and study is needed to learn about the virus.  To read more:  Max Minute: New Study From NYU Winthrop Hospital Suggests Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Could Be Alternative To Ventilator In Treating COVID-19

Click here to view CBS News video clip:  Max Minute: Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment May Offer Less Invasive Alternative To Ventilators For COVID

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and COVID-19


Given the well-known benefits of increased oxygen levels and decreased inflammation generated by hyperbaric oxygen therapy, doctors have been using this knowledge in the battle against the disease.  Several news sources have recently reported the successful use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) by physicians in Louisiana and New York hospitals for the treatment of patients infected with COVID-19.  The patients noted were most likely to be placed on mechanical ventilators, given their course of non-response to nasal O2 supplementation and treatment with medications.  Patients treated with HBOT responded favorably and their conditions improved, downgrading their need for ventilators.  Researchers and doctors in the U.S., Korea and China hope to continue their studies and publish conclusions over the following months.  Encouraging news indeed from the front lines of the war against the coronavirus.  

To read more:  LSU Health Doctor Involved in COVID-19 Study on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy


Hyperbaric Therapy of the Lowcountry at Brain Health Summit



Hyperbaric Therapy of the Lowcountry recently participated in a day-long seminar, "Brain Summit 3," sponsored by Memory Matters of Hilton Head Island.  Over 350 participants spent the day attending lectures given by speakers considered specialists from their respective fields of brain health with focus on maintaining and optimizing brain function. The event was held at the Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort.

New Research for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Human Bone

Newly published research supports the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for its ability to aid in the formation of new bone cells (osteogenesis).  Researchers created laboratory conditions exposing human stem cells to certain chemicals in order to replicate an "inflammatory state."   Inflammation is a major detrimental factor during conditions of arthritis, infections, fractures and tumors.  Conclusive results identified HBOT's ability to improve the growth of newly forming bone cells.  The study can be read in its entirety by clicking:  Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Improves the Osteogenic and Vasogenic Properties of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in the Presence of Inflammation In Vitro


Sudden Hearing Loss Treated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy



Sudden loss of hearing, not associated with aging and without any apparent trigger or injury (such as a loud noise), is estimated to have effected 66,000 people annually in the United States.  Inflammation in the inner ear, ringing and dizziness are known to accompany what doctor's label as Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNL).   A recent article featured in the Washington Post, "When to Worry About Sudden Hearing Loss and What to Do About It," speaks of the effectiveness of early administration of hyperbaric oxygen therapy alongside conventional medical treatment for the condition.  The American Academy of Otolarygology-Head and Neck Surgery recently advised medical doctors of its updated guidelines which include the use of HBOT in its Key Action Statements for this true hearing emergency.

Chronic Migraine Helped by Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy


Hyperbaric Therapy of the Lowcountry has aided many patients suffering with chronic migraine headache.  A recent case study published in the journal, Medical Gas Research, described the positive response by a patient to HBOT who previously suffered for over a decade with unrelenting, chronic migraine headache pain.  Researchers from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Geisinger Wyoming Medical Center co-authored the research.  Click here to read more:  Revisiting the Expanded Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Treatment in Resistant Migraines.  

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Benefits Those About to Undergo Heart Procedures

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Doctors have long known the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy's ability to accelerate healing, initiate cell formation and to interrupt inflammtion pathways on the molecular level.  New research brings forth better understanding and rationale in applying HBOT to previously unknown condtions and situations.  

A recent article, citing 17 international research studies spanning the years 1997-2019, drew argument for the use of HBOT for patients preparing to undergo heart procedures.  Published in Wound Reference  and authored by Eugene R. Worth, MD, a board certified anesthesiologist, specializing in cardiac and vascular anesthesia and hyperbaric medicine, Dr. Worth made strong testimony for his theory.   

Dr. Worth's personal experience as a hyperbaric physician and his analysis of research results from the last 22 years concluded that treating patients with HBOT shortly before their planned cardiac procedures (angioplasty and/or cardiac bypass surgery) would result in better outcome.  HBOT's ability to stimulate beneficial cellular mechanisms, as well as its ability to inhibit certain detrimental cellular processes - commonly occurring during and after heart procedures - combines to create "cardioprotection" for the patient.

To emphasize his opinion, Dr. Worth goes on to say, if he was ever scheduled to have angioplasty/stenting or a cardiac bypass procedure - he would,"DEFINITELY approach the hyperbaric physician and cardiologist" to request HBOT pre-conditioning for himself. Pretty strong testimony and a good example of the old saying, "What is good enough for the goose is also good for the gander!"  Dr. Worth is an outspoken proponent for change in the UHMS (Underwater Hyperbaric Medical Society.) He proposes the approval and adaptation to include HBOT before any cardiac procedure as a "standard of care" treatment . 

To read more: Investigational Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Indications:  Pre-conditioning for Cardiac Surgery