Stroke Recovery Alternatives Tempe AZ

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.

Ashish Pershad, M.D.
(602) 307-0070
1331 N. 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ
Business
Heart and Vascular Center of Arizona
Specialties
Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Complex Peripheral Vascular Intervention
Doctor Information
Residency Training: Health Cleveland, Inc. Fairview General Hospital; Lutheran Medical Center Cleveland, Ohio; Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center; Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center
Medical School: Grant Medical School, University of Bombay, India,

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Jagwinder Singh Sraow, MD
(602) 821-3800
2600 E Southern Ave Ste I1
Tempe, AZ
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Gov'T Med Coll, Punjabi Univ, Patiala, Punjab, India
Graduation Year: 1977

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Charles Redmond Breed
(480) 897-8484
2055 E Southern Ave
Tempe, AZ
Specialty
Cardiology

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Jose Ramon Buenaver, MD
(602) 966-5475
PO Box 27501
Tempe, AZ
Specialties
Pediatrics, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Nac De Colombia, Fac De Med, Bogota, Colombia
Graduation Year: 1953
Hospital
Hospital: Banner Mesa Med Ctr, Mesa, Az

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Rajiv M Ashar
(480) 345-0034
2149 E Baseline Rd
Tempe, AZ
Specialty
Cardiology

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Charles M T Jost, MD
(480) 945-4343
6335 East Main St
Mesa, AZ
Business
Southwest Cardiovascular Associates
Specialties
Cardiology

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Jagwinder S Sraow
(480) 821-3800
2600 E Southern Ave
Tempe, AZ
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Charles R Breed, MD
(602) 897-8484
2055 E Southern Ave Ste F
Tempe, AZ
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1976

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Rex Chunlin Liu, MD
(504) 903-0321
1957 E Loma Vista Dr
Tempe, AZ
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1998

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Mehul P Shah
(480) 345-0034
2149 E Baseline Rd
Tempe, AZ
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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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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