Stroke Recovery Alternatives Northport AL

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.

John Norton Todd, MD
(205) 535-0981
4809 Stewart Parc Dr
Northport, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1955
Hospital
Hospital: D C H Rehabilitation Pavilion, Northport, Al

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Sakina Ali Kamal, MD
(205) 343-2811
4401 Watermelon Rd
Northport, AL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1983

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David R Mauritson
(205) 343-2811
4401 Watermelon Rd
Northport, AL
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Anand Pandey, MD
4401 Watermelon Rd
Northport, AL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ibadan, Coll Of Med, Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria
Graduation Year: 1987

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Dr.Anand Pandey
(205) 343-2811
4401 Watermelon Road
Northport, AL
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ibadan, Coll Of Med, Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria
Year of Graduation: 1987
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Warren H Holley
(205) 343-2811
4401 Watermelon Rd
Northport, AL
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Anand Pandey
(205) 343-2811
4401 Watermelon Rd
Northport, AL
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Warren Holcomb Holley, MD
(205) 343-2811
4401 Watermelon Rd
Northport, AL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1985

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Sakina A Kamal
(205) 343-2811
4401 Watermelon Rd
Northport, AL
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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William A Hill
(205) 752-0694
701 University Blvd E
Tuscaloosa, AL
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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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