Could vagus nerve stimulation be utilized in stroke recovery?

Written by Alice Weatherston

The potential for the utilization of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) in stroke recovery has been highlighted by a new study published recently in Stroke. The research marks the first evaluation of the efficacy of VNS in treating the weakness and paralysis often caused as a result of stroke. The research team assigned 20 patients who were experiencing arm weakness due to stroke into two groups. One group received rehabilitation therapy only and the other received rehabilitation therapy plus VNS experimental therapy. Both groups underwent their interventions for a total of six weeks. Utilizing the Fugl-Meyer assessment scale for stroke recovery,...

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