Stroke Recovery Alternatives Scituate 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.

Joseph Ping Jiang, MD
(781) 331-2000
373 Circuit St
Norwell, MA
Specialties
Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1990

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Anthony D Marks
(781) 952-1200
541 Main St
South Weymouth, MA
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Wendy Johnson
(781) 331-7464
851 Main St
South Weymouth, MA
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Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Seth McClennen
(781) 952-1200
541 Main St
South Weymouth, MA
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Peter Kenji Hoshino, MD
(617) 340-0100
541 Main St Ste 400
South Weymouth, MA
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1979

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Max Rakofsky, MD
65A Washington St
Hanover, MA
Specialties
Cardiology, Radiology
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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William Irwin Calhoun, MD
(781) 331-2000
851 Main St
Weymouth, MA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ma Med Sch, Worcester Ma 01655
Graduation Year: 1983

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Peter K Hoshino
(781) 952-1200
541 Main St
South Weymouth, MA
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Michael Joseph Hession, MD
(617) 337-3820
541 Main St Ste 400
South Weymouth, MA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dartmouth Med, Hanover Nh 03755
Graduation Year: 1980

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Naomi K Rounds, MD
(781) 331-2000
851 Main St Ste 14
South Weymouth, MA
Specialties
Cardiology
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1992

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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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