Cooling therapy can help stroke victims

January 24, 2011 2:31:11 PM PST
Chilling out the brain may help dramatically improve the recovery of stroke victims.

Cooling therapy has been shown to have benefits on heart attack patients and those with birth injuries.

A group of Scottish doctors is the latest to back the technique for stroke.

Using intravenous drips and cooling pads, the technique puts the body into a state of artificial hibernation.

The brain is then able to survive with a temporarily decreased blood supply, giving doctors vital time to treat blocked or burst blood vessels.

Scientists are now meeting to discuss a trial of the cooling therapy through out Europe.