HBOT and heart health: Can hyperbaric oxygen therapy improve cardiac function?
New research suggests that HBOT could help combat the effects of aging and disease on heart function
Your heart will beat about 2.5 billion times over your lifetime, pumping millions of gallons of blood to every part of your body.
Taking care of your heart is an essential part of living a healthy, long life. Unfortunately, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
As medical teams around the world research new ways to combat heart disease, we’re beginning to see more and more scientific studies suggesting that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) could help.
Join us to explore some of the key findings about HBOT and heart health.
Recent studies into HBOT and heart health
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can improve heart functionality in healthy aging humans, according to a study by the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research at Shamir Medical Center in Be’er Ya’acov.
Healthy patients receiving HBOT to improve cognitive function underwent a 60-session treatment course using the Sagol Center’s regenerative HBOT protocols. Using a high-resolution echocardiography, 31 patients were evaluated before HBOT was administered and three weeks after treatment concluded to identify the sustained effect of the treatment.
What the team observed was “an improvement in contractility function of the heart – meaning, the heart muscle contracted more efficiency over the course of the 60-session protocol.” Further research is ongoing.
HBOT and heart attacks
Every year, about 805,000 Americans have a heart attack—that’s one every 40 seconds.
A recent study using rats set out to determine if hyperbaric oxygen therapy could reduce necrosis (tissue death) during myocardial ischemia—an event where blood flow to the heart is reduced, often resulting in a heart attack (myocardial infarction).
What the study concluded was that HBOT was shown to improve redox control and reduce mortality in the acute phase of heart attack.
Learn more about the latest research into HBOT and heart health:
Visit the ‘Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Cardiovascular Conditions’ section of our online Research Library.
Our thoughts on HBOT and heart health
While this research is only the beginning of our understanding of the impact of HBOT on cardiac function, the results so far are promising.
“I feel HBOT is very effective with improving cardiac function, especially after heart attacks,” explains Erika Jordan, founder of Hyperbaric Healing Treatment Center. “The oxygen will help repair the part of the heart muscle that was denied blood flow/oxygen during the cardiac emergency.”
We are continuing to closely monitor HBOT and heart health research studies, in the hope that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help to combat the effects of this terrible disease.
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