Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the approved method for treating anemia in minor and severe cases.
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Anemia is a condition in which the tissues in the body don’t receive enough oxygen because of a loss or a deficiency of red blood cells. When oxygen delivery is compromised like this, it can lead to a range of symptoms and, potentially, cause permanent damage to the muscles, blood vessels, and other tissues. We can compensate for this and treat anemia with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).
Transfusions are a common treatment to restore red blood cells, but this isn’t always an option (for medical or religious reasons). In these cases, HBOT can be used to flood the system with oxygen and help the levels in the body’s tissues return to a normal level. This is true whether it’s a mild case of anemia or when there is sever oxygen depletion. Contact Aalto Hyperbaric Medical Group to learn more.
Red blood cells contain hemoglobin, which is what carries oxygen throughout your body. When hemoglobin levels go down, anemia is the result.
The FDA has approved hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat anemia, and it is the go-to for sickle cell anemia because it has been proven very effective.
Some signs and symptoms of serious blood-loss include: mental confusion, weakness, fatigue, cold hands, headache, brittle nails and hair loss, abdominal pain, etc.
Some signs and symptoms that this has led to oxygen depletion include: fatigue, altered mental status, rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, etc.
The effects of HBOT are different for every patient, so the actual frequency and length of the therapy will need to be determined on an individual basis.
Mild anemia can be treated with things like diet changes, but more severe cases require medical treatments (such as HBOT) to avoid permanent damage.
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At Aalto Hyperbaric Medical Group, we value scientific evidence and innovation, so we send our doctors to meetings held by the European Underwater and Baromedical Society, Hyperbaric Medicine International Society, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, and the International Hyperbarics Association every year.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a critical tool for treating anemia and maintaining the patient’s levels of oxygen until the cause can be addressed. Once doctors determine the underlying cause, they can attempt to correct the issue with iron, vitamins and other medications.
At Aalto Hyperbaric Medical Group, our specialists are here to ensure you get the right treatment when you need it. Come in and see our high-tech and comfortable treatment area and find out more about 100% oxygen why it is so critical for treating this condition.
While the studies on the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy suggest promising results for a variety of medical conditions, individual results may vary. There are no guarantees for a specific outcome. HBOT may not be appropriate for every condition or ever individual.
The content information provided within this site are for educational and informational purposes only and not to be considered as medical advice. Please consult with your treating medical physician before pursuing any form of therapy, including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. In full support of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, off-label Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is considered Investigational and Experimental.
If you are experiencing any kind of medical emergency, always call 911 or your doctor immediately.
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