The potential synergism by combining external counterpulsation with intermittent theta burst stimulation in post-stroke motor function recovery

Weijia He, Suk yin Stephanie Au-Yeung, Kit Yi Mak, Thomas Wai Hong Leung, Howan Leung, Lawrence Ka Sing Wong

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-142
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Hypotheses
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • External counterpulsation
  • Hand function recovery
  • Intermittent theta burst stimulation
  • Ischemic stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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