Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment of Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment
Some of the most important skills each person uses every day are cognitive skills. These core skills are needed for reading, writing, remembering, paying attention, and reasoning. Cognitive skills are imperative for everyday function and processing, especially of new information. Aging does bring a decline in some cognitive skills, but when a person’s cognitive decline accelerates faster than “normal aging” it is considered Mild Cognitive Impairment or MCI. Further decline eventually reaches the level of global cognitive impairment and the diagnosis of dementia. This decline has multiple individual causes or can result from the accumulation of a variety of lifelong insults to the brain such as tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, traumatic brain injury, toxins, chemicals, strokes, blood vessel (vascular) disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment has been proven to help treat symptoms and even reverse the decline for many patients.