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
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Navaid Asad
(319) 272-8075
2710 Saint Francis Dr
Waterloo, IA
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Heather Louise Bartlett, MD
(319) 356-2845
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
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Cardiology
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Az Coll Of Med, Tucson Az 85724
Graduation Year: 1995

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Dr.Michael Giudici
(563) 324-2992
1236 E Rusholme St # 300
Davenport, IA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1980
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Hospital: Trinity Med Ctr -West Campus, Rock Island, Il
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.5, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Blair W Foreman
(563) 324-2992
1236 E Rusholme St
Davenport, IA
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Cardiology

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

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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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Dr.Mark Bissing
(515) 633-3600
5880 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA
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M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med
Year of Graduation: 1989
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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James Leo Coffey, MD
(712) 852-4810
3108 6th St
Emmetsburg, IA
Specialties
Cardiology, Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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

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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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