The Cooling Effects of Therapeutic Hypothermia
The Cooling Effects of Therapeutic Hypothermia, 2007
Therapeutic hypothermia is considered to improve survival with favorable neurological outcome in the case of global cerebral ischemia after cardiac arrest and perinatal asphyxia. The efficacy of hypothermia in acute ischemic stroke and traumatic brain injury, however, is not well studied. However, cooling therapy still has the potential to become a valuable neuroprotective intervention. Among the various methods for hypothermia induction, intravascular cooling may have the most promise in the awake patient in terms of clinical outcomes. This method of intravascular cooling is capable of a more rapid target temperature and more precise control of temperature.