The neurotrophic effect is an essential aspect of CBC Health’s cord blood treatment for stroke recovery. Cord blood contains neurotrophic factors as well as stem cells that may secrete their own neurotrophins. Neurotrophins generate a healthy broth of chemicals to help heal damaged cells and support the regeneration of new cells.
Neurotrophins found in cord blood may be just as essential to our stroke treatment as stem cells themselves. Neurotrophins function in a way that directly responds to injury. Neurotrophic factors are attracted to the infarct (damaged area of the brain) where they migrate to in support of neurogenesis.
What are neurotrophins?
Neurotrophins are a family of polypeptide growth factors that positively influence the proliferation, differentiation, and survival of healthy and weakened cells. They also work to regulate synaptic connections and synapse structure, two cerebral components damaged by the stroke event. Neurotrophins are also known to have a significant effect on synaptic plasticity, the ability of synapses to strengthen over time. Stronger synapses in the infarct lead to improved post-stroke conditions for survivors.
How neurotrophins contribute to stroke recovery:
Cord blood naturally contains a healthy mixture of stem cells and neurotrophins. After cord blood infusion therapy, stem cells and natural growth factors migrate to the infarct. There, neuroregeneration begins. Neurotrophins work to heal damaged cells, aiding in the reconnection of damaged synaptic pathways and neural connections.
Long-term stroke effects are the result of damaged or deadened neural connections. The neurotrophic effect actively works to regenerate those connections, improving the condition of the stroke survivor over time.
Cord blood therapy is an effective treatment option, but its results can take up to three months to be seen. Therefore, while it may be short-paced, it is seen to work in the long-term. It is important to remain patient as neural regeneration takes time. Slowly but surely, cell-by-cell, synapse connection-by-synapse connection, the body is capable of partially healing itself. Even with a moderately healed infarct, the long-term effects of stroke on the body can be lessened, improving the quality of life in stroke survivors.
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