Stroke Recovery Alternatives Billings MT

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.

Scott A Sample
(406) 238-2500
1020 N 27th St
Billings, MT
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Charles S Needham
(406) 238-2500
2825 8th Ave N
Billings, MT
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Dr.Alan Thometz
(406) 238-2000
1020 N 27th St # 200
Billings, MT
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1984
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Fernando Boschini, MD
(406) 238-2000
2800 10th Ave N
Billings, MT
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De Costa Rica, Fac De Med, San Jose, Costa Rica
Graduation Year: 1977

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Christian Breburda, MD
(608) 833-6238
1020 N 27th St Fl 2
Billings, MT
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Justus-Liebig Univ, Fak Human Med, Geissen, Germany (407-06 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1988

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Dr.Scott Sample
(406) 238-2500
1020 N 27th St # 200
Billings, MT
Gender
M
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Hospital: Billings Clinic
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Dr.Robert Zirpoli
(406) 238-2500
1020 N 27th St # 200
Billings, MT
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1971
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Dr.John Burg
(406) 238-2500
801 North 27th Street
Billings, MT
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1966
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Hospital: St Vincent Hosp &
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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James Wise Wiggins
(406) 238-6190
1232 N 30th
Billings, MT
Specialty
Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology

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Dr.Herman Sorensen
(406) 238-2500
1020 North 27th Street #150
Billings, MT
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1967
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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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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