What is a Stroke?
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted. This can occur as the result of the blockage of blood flow, such as by a clot (ischemic stroke). It may also occur from bleeding into the brain, call a hematoma, which compresses nearby tissue, blocks blood flow, causing damage. Due to the resulting tissue injury a number of transient and long-term symptoms and complications are produced by the occurrence of a stroke, potentially reducing an individual’s quality of life severely.
There are three main types of stroke:
– caused by blood clots
– caused by ruptured blood vessels that cause brain bleeding
Transient ischemic attack (TIA)
– caused by a temporary blood clot, also known as a “mini stroke”
What are the Typical Symptoms/Complications of Stroke?
Difficult understanding speech
Inability to move on one side of the body
Loss of sensation on one side of the body
A spinning sensation
Loss of vision
Reduced muscle tone
Difficulty with balance
What causes Stroke?
Ischemic strokes can be caused by blood clots, which can form either in the arteries connecting to the brain, or in other blood vessels before being swept through the bloodstrem and into narrower arteries of the brain.
Hemorrhagic strokes can be caused by conditions such as hypertension, trauma, blood-thinning medications and aneurysms.
TIAs are similar to Hemorrhagic strokes as they are also caused by blood clots or other debris.
What type of stem cells are used and why?
TruStem Cell Therapy provides access to treatment that utilizes a patient’s stem cells isolated from their own bone marrow. There are multiple inherent benefits afforded by the utilization of bone marrow derived stem cells including their ability to differentiate into a broad variety of cells types (neurons, bone, cartilage, muscle, tendon, etc.), they are present at comparatively much higher levels than other stem cell types, possess unique immune-modulating properties, and they do not endanger a patient’s health the way other stem cells might.
What steps are involved in receiving treatment through TruStem Cell TherapyTM?
There are three steps involved:
First a blood draw is performed followed by a minimally invasive bone marrow harvest via the iliac crest. Approximately 100cc’s of a patient’s own bone marrow is harvested through a minimally invasive, bone marrow aspiration procedure. TruStem Cell Therapy utilizes a powered bone marrow access system combined with local anesthetic allowing for consistently larger specimen of cells, extremely low levels of pain/invasiveness reported by most patients, and higher levels of sterility.
Process + Activate
Both the blood and bone marrow are immediately delivered to our dedicated, onsite laboratory staffed by our team of technicians. Once your sample is in the lab our advanced proprietary process isolates and excites regenerative cells and concentrates healing factors to hyper-physiological levels in order to facilitate the creation of a highly effective, injectable therapeutic.
TruStem Cell Therapy utilizes both systematic and novel administration methods to fully saturate the body with stem cells while targeting specific areas of injury.
How are stem cells administered back into Stroke patients through TruStem Cell Therapy?
Stroke patients who receive stem cell therapy through us can receive both systemic and targeted administration methods:
Systemic IV infusion of their stem cells to fully saturate the entire body.
intranasal administration to target areas of damage and necrosis in the central nervous system
Localized injections into atrophied muscles
What is unique about receiving stem cell therapy through TruStem Cell Therapy™ for Stroke?
Our focus is safety, efficacy, and patient-centric care when providing access to superior stem cell therapy.
We utilize only board certified surgeons, physicians and accredited clinicians to provide care for patients.
Laboratory protocols are developed and refined by our PhD Neuroscientist.
A clinical team with expertise in practicing cellular based medicine.
Accredited Surgical Centers for enhanced procedural and patient safety
Targeted administration methods that direct stem cells toward specific
Skilled Patient Advocates who are trained to provide truthful, realistic expectations resulting from stem cell therapy. We do not make outlandish promises of cures or inaccurate claims related to improvement rates.
Can this treatment cure Stroke?
It is important for patients and caregivers to understand that current therapies, including stem cell treatment, does not provide a cure for Stroke. However, TruStem cell therapy does have the potential to improve a patient’s quality of life by reducing symptoms and complications related to Stroke as well as slowing its progression.
Are stem cells FDA approved for Stroke?
The FDA has not approved stem cell therapy for Stroke. As noted above, studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of stem cell therapy for this condition but additional studies are needed before FDA approval can be secured.
What type of improvements can I expect from stem cell therapy?
It is possible through these treatments, to improve a patient’s quality of life by minimizing disease related symptoms and complications. For Stroke patients, it is possible to see improvements in any one or multiple disease related complications such as: mobility, vision, numbness, difficulty swallowing, fatigue, stiff muscles, etc… If you have questions regarding how these treatments may help you, please contact one of our Patient Advocates to learn more.
How long will it take to see improvements?
It is difficult to predict the timeline of a patient’s response. Every patient responds differently to treatment. It could take weeks to months for the stem cells to provide noticeable results.
What type of side-effects can a patient expect from stem cell therapy?
Typically patients will experience some level of soreness and bruising lasting roughly a week as a result of the bone marrow harvesting procedure. Additional complications have not been observed. Over a hundred studies and clinical trials have demonstrated the safety and minimal side-effect profile of stem cell therapy.