Cardiac arrest, a gas protects the brain from damage

A sixty-year-old, at the Policlinico di Milano, victim of a cardiac arrest was then treated with an Argon-based therapy. An inert gas capable of fortifying the resistance of neurons in case of oxygen deficiency. After a week, the man was discharged without any harm.

Victims of cardiac arrest in Italy and in the world are the most common: 45 thousand deaths every year. Even in case of survival, it still leaves not indifferent aftermath, sometimes. Cardiac arrest can cause the brain to run out of oxygen for some time, even threatening neurons. Scientists may have found a gas as a solution. This is Argon, an inert gas that protects the brain from the negative consequences of a heart attack. Neurological damage is limited and the recovery of cognitive functions is improved .

Argon represents 1% of the Earth’s atmosphere, and is found in large quantities in nature. Testimony of his effectiveness is the sixty-year-old who returned home without any damage after a heart attack. If Argon is exploited, it can act directly on the mitochondria , called human cellular “energy centers”. This makes them more resistant to temporary oxygen starvation. As early as 2012 it was found that this experiment with Argon on animals gave a marked decrease in mortality after cardiac arrest.

Here the Milanese researchers have continued on this path for ten years. Today finally with a successful application on humans. In the future, the researchers will expand their patient numbers and use Argon on 50 well-selected patients. All to demonstrate the efficacy and safety of the treatment. If it continues to yield such great and important outcomes, such Argon therapy could revolutionize the treatment and outcomes of cardiac arrest.

  • A gas to protect the brain from the damage of a cardiac arrest: the first case in the world in Milan (ohga.it)

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