Stroke Recovery Alternatives Deland FL

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.

Stephen Joel Roth, MD
(650) 723-7913
1543 Chaucer Ct
Deland, FL
Specialties
Cardiology, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1986

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Francis Alexander Reed
(386) 734-3654
1070 N Stone St
Deland, FL
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Gary David Hecht, MD
(386) 736-3110
1000 W New York Ave
Deland, FL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1981

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Francis Alexander Reed, MD
(386) 734-3654
2333 Pin Oak Dr
Deland, FL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1972

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Emil Louis Mantini, MD
(386) 736-3719
768 Old Treeline Trl
Deland, FL
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1958

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Oscar Dermott West
(386) 258-8722
1070 N Stone St
Deland, FL
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Chad L Broome Webster, MD
(386) 734-3654
1070 N Stone St
Deland, FL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ct Sch Of Med, Farmington Ct 06032
Graduation Year: 1996

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Gary David Hecht
(386) 736-3110
1000 W New York Ave
Deland, FL
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Oscar Dermott West, MD
(386) 734-3654
61070 North Stone Street
Deland, FL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of West Indies, Fac Med Sci, Kingston, Jamaica (950-01 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1981

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Marielle Bazile Lazard
(386) 774-5485
938 Saxon Blvd
Orange City, FL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, 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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