BOTOX Stroke Treatment...Exercise Hypertension...Head Catcher
Updated: 06/02/2004 05:10 PM
BOTOX Stroke Treatment
A high-tech needle is directing BOTOX treatment to the right muscles in stroke patients. Rehabilitation specialists at the Medical College of Wisconsin are using BOTOX to relax, but not paralyze, muscles that are too tense to move in stroke patients. Doctors use an electro-magnetic guided needle to identify the best place for the injection. An audible “squawk” lets them know they’ve found the right spot. Following the injection, study patients have their motion analyzed to measure progress. Results last for about three months before patients need to have another treatment.
A blood pressure surge during exercise could spell trouble, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers. Folks with so-called exercise hypertension experience a dangerous spike in their blood pressure during exertion. The researchers believe endothelial cells that line blood vessels don’t allow the arteries to expand during exercise, causing the spike in blood pressure. Future treatment may focus on improving the response of these cells.
Whether the drive is around the mall or down the highway, a little restraint is called for! And, for “Buckle Up America Week,” not only do you need to snap your seatbelt, but you should get to know another part of your car’s anatomy! The head restraint is like a catcher’s mitt for your head. When it’s adjusted to the right level, it can lessen the risk of neck injury. Position the headrest level with the top of the ears, tilt it toward you, and you’ll be headed in the right direction!
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