Stroke Recovery Alternatives Natick MA

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.

Aurobindo Chakraborty, MD
(508) 647-1600
190 N Main St
Natick, MA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Scb Med Coll, Utkal Univ, Cuttak, Orissa, India
Graduation Year: 1978

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Leonard Freder Kaplan
(508) 653-7388
67 Union St
Natick, MA
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Alla Gregory Zaver, MD
(781) 237-7542
3 Eliot Hill Rd
Natick, MA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Queensland, Fac Of Med, Herston, Queensland, Australia
Graduation Year: 1949

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Arthur J Luskin, MD
85 Grove St Apt 201
Wellesley, MA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10
Graduation Year: 1954

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William B Kannel, MD, MPH, FACC
(508) 935-3442
5 Thurber St
Framingham, MA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Vikas S DeSai
(508) 650-0010
67 Union Street
Natick, MA
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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Aurobindo Chakraborty
(508) 647-1600
190 N Main St
Natick, MA
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Richard Morris Gottlieb, MD
(508) 647-1600
190 N Main St
Natick, MA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1967

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Dana Stanley Washburn, MD
(508) 875-4811
19 Brookdale Ave
Wellesley, MA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ma Med Sch, Worcester Ma 01655
Graduation Year: 1988

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Brian Christopher Downey, MD
(617) 636-5000
16 Duggan Dr
Framingham, MA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1998

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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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