Stroke Recovery Alternatives Anchorage AK

Recovery from stroke is long and complicated, and understandably often accompanied by hopelessness. So doctors usually prescribe antidepressants, daily aspirin to keep the blood from clotting again, and very limited physical therapy. Read on for more information on stroke recovery.

Dr.William Mayer
(907) 561-3211
3841 Piper St # T100
Anchorage, AK
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Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1973
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Seth Lawrence Krauss, MD
(907) 561-3211
3340 Providence Dr Ste 552
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1985

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Matthew Jude Schnellbaecher
(907) 563-2662
4315 Diplomacy Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Paul L Steer
(907) 563-3929
3730 Rhone Circle
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease

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Peter Martin Sapin, MD
(907) 729-2077
4315 Diplomacy Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Diego, Sch Of Med, La Jolla Ca 92093
Graduation Year: 1975

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William Philip Mayer, MD
(907) 561-3211
3260 Providence Dr Ste 537
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1973

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David W SonNeborn
(907) 561-3211
3841 Piper Street
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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George Saml Rhyneer, MD
(907) 561-3211
3340 Providence Dr Ste 552
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1964
Hospital
Hospital: Alaska Reg Hosp, Anchorage, Ak; Providence Alaska Med Ctr, Anchorage, Ak; South Peninsula Hosp, Homer, Ak
Group Practice: Alaska Heart Institute

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Adam C Mason
(907) 561-3211
3841 Piper Street
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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Seth L Krauss
(907) 561-3211
3841 Piper Street
Anchorage, AK
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Stroke Recovery Alternatives

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By Nicole Duncan

Roger Maxwell of Dallas didn’t smoke. He exercised regularly and kept his weight down. But at 49 he suffered a stroke that left him wheelchair-bound and unable to speak words more than two syllables. Maxwell’s stroke came from an arterial dissection; an artery in the back of his neck split in half and blocked the flow of blood to his brain. And when brain cells become starved for blood, they get damaged or die, making simple tasks like eating, walking, and talking nearly impossible.

The Conventional Rx:
Recovery from stroke is long and complicated, and understandably often accompanied by hopelessness. So doctors usually prescribe antidepressants, daily aspirin to keep the blood from clotting again, and very limited physical therapy. But antidepressants come loaded with side effects, aspirin can cause stomach ulcers or internal bleeding, and many stroke victims give up in frustration before they can regain their mobility and plummet further into depression.

The Alternative Rx: A rehab plan that included Iyengar yoga, time on the treadmill, supplements, and speech therapy. Maxwell was determined to walk and talk again, but his stroke affected the section of the brain that controls balance, which made walking difficult. Since walking requires not only balance, but strength, flexibility, coordination, and endurance, a combination of yoga (for balance, coordination, and flexibility) and treadmill time (for strength and endurance) made the most sense. With its emphasis on precise positioning and the aid of props, Iyengar yoga in particular gave Maxwell the help he needed. Maxwell also supplemented with omega-3s, vitamin E, and Co-Q10, all of which have been proven to enhance brain function.

The Outcome: “The stroke rendered me unable to do just about everything but think clearly. I felt like I was imprisoned in my own body. I needed to break free,” says Maxwell. Within a year of his stroke, he had shed his wheelchair and regained full control of his speech. In fact, Maxwell completed the Dallas White Rock marathon less than two years after losing his ability to walk. —ND

Author: Nicole Duncan

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