A brain pacemaker is a medical device typically implanted into the brain and it is used to treat diseases such as Parkinson’s, epilepsy and severe depression. The pacemaker works by sending electrical signals into tissue to create a deep brain stimulation.
The brain pacemaker is a revolutionary device in the world of Parkinson’s disease. It can help reduce symptoms such as tremors, rigidity, stiffness and problems with walking. This is a life-saver for those whose symptoms cannot be controlled with medicine.
Ohio is the first state to utilize this technology to treat Alzheimer’s. In October 2013, Kathy Sanford became the first Alzheimer’s patient in the U.S. to have a brain pacemaker implanted. According to Medicalcenter.osu.edu, Kathy is the first of ten patients who will be enrolled in a study to establish if the use of a brain pacemaker can improve Alzheimer’s symptoms including cognitive and behavioral functioning.
Those involved with the study are “cautiously optimistic”, however they are in the early research stages. As of now, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s and the disease is not easily managed. The study gives hope to those living with Alzheimer’s as well as those who care for them. The study is scheduled to be completed in 2015. We here at Queen City Elder Care will keep you posted on the promising progress!
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