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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Helping Those Suffering with COVID-19 Post Viral Syndrome

Hello, my name is Dr. Cris Vieira. I am the President and Medical Director of INDY VITAL, a wellness center that provides various advanced therapies including hyperbaric oxygen therapy in Indianapolis.

I am a Board-Certified published doctor with vast experience in private and academic medicine with training and certification on a wide variety of disciplines. I am skilled in Hyperbaric Oxygen Medicine, Clinical and Interventional Nephrology, Intensive Care and Internal Medicine. I have over 25 years of experience in the medical field.

INDY VITAL is the only independent, free-standing hyperbaric oxygen clinic in Indiana. We have the availability of two new hard shell hospital-grade hyperbaric oxygen chambers. Our mission at INDY VITAL is to provide affordable access to the most powerful equipment for assisting the body in repairing and healing itself from the inside out. Under one roof, in our state-of-the-art facility, we offer advanced therapies, which include not only hyperbaric oxygen therapy, but also:

I like to take this opportunity to offer all of our services at INDY VITAL to help those who live in the Indianapolis and surrounding counties and are suffering with symptoms of COVID-19 Post Viral Syndrome.

Our goal is to use our advanced therapies to alleviate the symptoms and the pain of individuals who had developed an acute infection with COVID-19 and  despite the resolution of the acute phase of this illness, continue to have problems. My impression as an experienced physician, is that by using hyperbaric oxygen medicine also known as HBOT, patients with the post viral syndrome may improve their symptoms, especially if they are having respiratory issues and chronic fatigue. With the fact that scientists and doctors are beginning to study and understand whether coronavirus may create a post-viral clinical picture that resembles myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been studied and used in patients with CFS and shown to alleviate symptoms a great deal. HBOT shoulc ameliorate symptoms and even shorten the convalescence phase of post viral syndrome of COVID-19. My understanding is that COVID-19 patients develop CFS due to the inflammatory cascade of events that developed during the acute phase of the COVID infection. Post-mortem SARS research indicated the virus had crossed the blood brain barrier into the hypothalamus via the olfactory pathway. The pathway of the virus seemed to follow that previously suggested in CFS/ME patients, involving disturbance of lymphatic drainage from the microglia in the brain. One of the main pathways of the lymphatic drainage of the brain is via the perivascular spaces along the olfactory nerves through the cribriform plate into the nasal mucosa. If the pathogenesis of coronavirus affects a similar pathway, it could explain the anosmia (loss of smell) observed in a proportion of COVID-19 patients. This disturbance leads to a build-up of pro-inflammatory agents, especially post-infectious cytokines such as interferon gamma, and interleukin 7, which have been hypothesized to affect the neurological control of the ‘Glymphatic System’ as observed in CFS/ME. The build up of cytokines in the Central Nervous System (CNS) may lead to post viral symptoms due to pro-inflammatory cytokines passing through the blood brain barrier in areas such as the hypothalamus, leading to autonomic dysfunction manifesting acutely as a high fever and in the longer term to dysregulation of the sleep/wake cycle, cognitive dysfunction and profound unremitting anergia, all characteristic of CFS/ME. HBOT helps ameliorate both acute and chronic inflammatory conditions by reducing proinflammatory cytokine release. With more oxygen present in the blood system, blood vessels can restrict their flow (vasoconstriction) to damaged tissue and reduce the fluid build up (swelling or edema) without compromising the higher oxygen levels needed for repair. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating disorder that weakens the body for prolonged periods. Bed rest does not improve fatigue of this kind, and the condition is actually made worse by physical or mental exertion. The symptoms include:

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy seeks to relieve general fatigue and pain experienced by patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In case you have interest in receiving HBOT for Post COVID-19 Viral Syndrome this information contact us at INDY VITAL for a consultation. This is our contact information: 

INDY VITAL
Address: 5252 E 82nd Street, STE 300, Indianapolis, IN 46250
Website: www.indyvital.com


To make appointments you may call or use this link: https://www.indyvital.com/book-appointment/
Phone: 317-593-3097

Cris Vieira, MD
Pres, Medical Director
Indy Vital

Author
Cris Vieira, MD Dr. Cris Vieira is the President and the Medical Director of INDY VITAL. He is a published doctor with vast experience in private and academic medicine with training and certification on a wide variety of disciplines. Dr. Vieira is certified and skilled in Hyperbaric Oxygen Medicine, Clinical and Interventional Nephrology, Intensive Care and Internal Medicine. Vieira is a Board-Certified physician with over 25 years of experience. Dr Cris as he humbly likes to be called, considers himself a hands on doctor who had devoted a lifetime improving people's lives for the better. ”My mission at INDY VITAL is to provide my clients and patients with access to the most powerful equipment for assisting the body in repairing and healing itself from the inside out".

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