Stroke Recovery Alternatives Florence SC

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.

James Louis Dedonis
(843) 629-8084
1706 2nd Loop Rd
Florence, SC
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Ian Smith
(843) 629-8084
1706 2nd Loop Rd
Florence, SC
Specialty
Cardiology

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Llewellyn Alexander Rowe, MD
(843) 629-8084
PO Box 13356
Florence, SC
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1988

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Vitt P Leng, MD
(843) 629-8084
1818 Osprey Dr
Florence, SC
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mahidol Univ-Siriraj Hosp, Fac Of Med, Bangkok, Thailand
Graduation Year: 1971

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Ian Douglas Smith, MD
(843) 629-8084
2324 Windsor Forest Dr
Florence, SC
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1978

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Thomas Leroy Stoughton, MD
(843) 667-1891
1809 Highland Ave
Florence, SC
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1983

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David Paul Bottomy
(843) 629-8084
1706 2nd Loop Rd
Florence, SC
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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David Paul Bottomy, MD
(843) 629-8040
1706 2nd Loop Rd
Florence, SC
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1971

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James Louis Dedonis, MD
(843) 629-8084
1706 2nd Loop Rd
Florence, SC
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1976

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Llewellyn A Rowe
(843) 629-8084
1706 2nd Loop Rd
Florence, SC
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Cardiology

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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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