Stroke Recovery Alternatives Merrimack NH

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.

Anne James Boyd, MD
PO Box 1220
Amherst, NH
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1993

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Patrick Vernon Hickle, MD
(603) 488-1143
9 Beards Hill Rd
Bedford, NH
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1990

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Gerald Harvey Angoff, MD
(603) 494-7334
39 John Goffe Dr
Bedford, NH
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1970

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Green Belton Neal, MD
(603) 472-8624
Bedford, NH
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1971

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David Goldberg
(603) 663-6657
100 Mcgregor St
Manchester, NH
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Joseph Addison Hill Jr, MD
6 Briarwood Ln
Amherst, NH
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1987

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Sol Rockenmacher, MD
(603) 232-3477
25 Saint Andrews Dr
Bedford, NH
Specialties
Cardiology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1963
Hospital
Hospital: Elliot Hosp, Manchester, Nh
Group Practice: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Ctr Dartmouth Hitchcock Clnc; Lahey Clinic Manchester

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J Beatty Hunter, MD
(603) 472-8412
15 Arrow Head Dr
Bedford, NH
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Catholic Med Ctr, Manchester, Nh; Elliot Hosp, Manchester, Nh; Monadnock Community Hospital, Peterborough, Nh
Group Practice: Heart Center

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Andrew Michael Cohen, MD
(603) 663-6419
100 McGregor St
Manchester, NH
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-Robt W Johnson Med Sch, New Brunswick Nj 08901
Graduation Year: 1992

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Yuka Endo
(603) 577-2039
8 Prospect St # 1184
Nashua, NH
Specialty
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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