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9440 Poppy Drive
DALLAS, TX 75218
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Induced Hypothermia Therapy Available 
 
Friday, 11 May 2012 
 

Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is now utilizing induced hypothermia therapy, or therapeutic hypothermia, to help prevent brain damage in certain patients who have experienced a heart attack or stroke. The treatment uses cooling therapy to lower the patient’s body temperature from the normal 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit down to a temperature between 89.6 and 93.2 degrees Fahrenheit.

“Induced hypothermia therapy reduces the amount of oxygen the brain needs to function, decreases swelling, and minimizes the release of toxins that can damage brain cells,” says Keith Lepak, M.D., director of the Emergency Department at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake. “This can ultimately result in less brain damage and ultimately improve the patient’s long-term chances of a favorable outcome.”

Induced hypothermia therapy typically involves infusing a chilled saline solution into the patient’s veins to begin the cooling process. A trained team at the hospital then uses special body wraps and equipment designed to regulate the patient’s temperature. The hypothermic state is maintained for about 24 hours during which time there is careful monitoring of the patient’s temperature. Medications, in conjunction with the hypothermia protocol assist in keeping the patient comfortable and free from undesirable side effects of the hypothermic treatment.  This procedure is endorsed by the American Heart Association and is especially recommended for comatose adults patients but may be appropriate for others as well.

“More than 95 percent of people who have a heart attack die before they reach the hospital and those who can be resuscitated may suffer major brain damage,” says Dr. Lepak. “Studies in Europe and Australia have shown that this type of therapy can help these patients have more of a positive outcome as a result of their heart attack or stroke. Therapeutic hypothermia therapy can make a big difference in a patient’s life.”

For more information about induced hypothermia therapy, visit www.DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/Hypothermia.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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