Bats’ Saliva Could Possibly Cure Strokes

It has been discovered that the saliva of Vampire Bats and Malaysian pit vipers contains anti-coagulating enzymes that could be life threatening to their prey. When the bat bites a rat, it will introduce the deadly venom causing massive hemorrhage to it.

On the other, this anti-clotting capability of the enzyme found in bat’s saliva could be of great help in treating CVA (Cerebrovascular Accident) patient or simply those people suffering stroke. Strokes occur when blood flow to a region of the brain is obstructed or compromised due to formation of clots. Lack of oxygen and glucose flowing to the brain leads to death of brain cells. If enough time lapses without treatment, brain damage often results in impairment in speech, movement and memory as well.

A clinical testing would conducted for the potency of the drug. It is lead by Dr. David Chiu, a neurologist and medical director of the Eddy Scurlock Stroke Center at the Methodist Neurologic Institute in Houston. “These chemicals are very powerful and very complex, and the animals use them to survive. We are using them to help people survive strokes and lessen the damage they do,” Dr. Chiu said.

The drug that would be producing would be used for emergency cases. The sooner the patient takes the anti-coagulant, the better the prognosis the patient can have.

The drug’s potency would be the hope of the millions of stroke patients in the world.

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