Stroke Recovery Alternatives Marshalltown IA

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.

William York Y Tucker, MD, FACC
(641) 377-3737
PO Box 312
Colo, IA
Specialties
Cardiology, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Barry McLeod Cabuay, MD
(319) 384-5949
4427 JCP 200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1996

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Karin L Loukinen, MD
(563) 539-4631
1000 Langworthy St
Dubuque, IA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ Coll Of Human Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Finley Hosp, Dubuque, Ia; Mercy Med Ctr -St Josephs, Dubuque, Ia; Grant Regional Health Center, Lancaster, Wi
Group Practice: Medical Associates Clinic

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James R Hopson
(319) 339-3883
540 E Jefferson St
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Kent John Vanwhy, MD
(319) 324-2992
1236 E Rusholme St Ste 300
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1989

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Linda M Lee, MD
(319) 339-3883
540 E Jefferson St
Iowa City, IA
Business
Iowa City Heart Center PC
Specialties
Cardiology

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Michael C Fraizer, MD
(515) 241-8033
4328 Plumwood Dr
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1997
Hospital
Hospital: Beloit Mem Hosp, Beloit, Wi

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Richard Lawrence Sadler, MD
(319) 324-3818
1228 E Rusholme St
Davenport, IA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1980

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Timothy William Martin, MD
(563) 557-9111
1515 Delhi St
Dubuque, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1983

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David Fierer Gordon, MD
(515) 235-5000
3920 Grand Ave Unit 700
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1962
Hospital
Hospital: Skiff Med Ctr, Newton, Ia; Mercy Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Iowa Heart Ctr

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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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