Stroke Recovery Alternatives Butte 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.

Vincent Siragusa
(406) 782-4531
401 S Alabama
Butte, MT
Specialty
Cardiology

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Sharon L Hecker
(406) 496-3600
435 S Crystal St
Butte, MT
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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James Vincent
(406) 237-8585
2019 Broadwater Ave
Billings, MT
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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John Joseph Perry
(406) 455-4320
1300 28th St S
Great Falls, MT
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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James T Maddux III, MD
Missoula, MT
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1995

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Vincent P Siragusa, MD
(406) 782-4531
401 S Alabama St Ste 9
Butte, MT
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ Coll Of Human Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1972

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Sharon Lynette Hecker, MD
(406) 782-1932
1101 S Montana St
Butte, MT
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1987

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Stephen A Tahta
(406) 329-5615
500 W Broadway St
Missoula, MT
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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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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Meditation For Modern Man
(406) 258-6284
3436 Mountain Drive
Clinton, MT
Services
Stress Management, Other, Mind/Body Medicine, Meditation, General Practice, Cardiovascular Disease, Biofeedback, Art Therapy
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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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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