The potential synergism by combining external counterpulsation with intermittent theta burst stimulation in post-stroke motor function recovery
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Upper limb weakness and incoordination is a common disability following ischemic stroke. Previous studies have showed that the single application of external counterpulsation (ECP) and intermittent theta burst stimulation (iTBS) can effectively enhance the cortical motor excitability and facilitate recovery. However, it remains uncertain if sequential application of these therapies would further augment the recovery. We hypothesize a synergistic effect of ECP followed by iTBS to upper limb function may happen through improvements in both cerebral perfusion and neuron excitability.

All Author(s) ListWeijia He, Suk-yin Stephanie Au-Yeung, Margaret Mak, Thomas Wai Hong Leung, Howan Leung, Lawrence Ka Sing Wong
Journal nameMedical Hypotheses
Volume Number93
Pages140 - 142
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsExternal counterpulsation, Intermittent theta burst stimulation, Hand function recovery, Ischemic stroke

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