Stroke Recovery Alternatives Yakima WA

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.

Omer A Mohammed El-Amin
(509) 248-7715
406 S 30th Ave
Yakima, WA
Specialty
Cardiology

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Richard Kerr Spiegel, MD
(509) 248-7715
406 S 30th Ave Ste 201
Yakima, WA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Providence Yakima Med Ctr, Yakima, Wa; Yakima Valley Mem Hosp, Yakima, Wa
Group Practice: Yakima Heart Ctr Inc

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Richard K Spiegel
(509) 248-7715
406 S 30th Ave
Yakima, WA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Duane Allen Monick, MD
(509) 248-7715
406 S 30th Ave Ste 201
Yakima, WA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: Providence Yakima Med Ctr, Yakima, Wa
Group Practice: Yakima Heart Ctr Inc

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Abner B Preacher Jr, MD
(509) 248-7715
302 S 10th Ave
Yakima, WA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1967

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James Frederick Clifton, MD
(206) 320-4732
110 S 9th Ave
Yakima, WA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1968

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Kevin P Foley
(509) 248-7715
406 S 30th Ave
Yakima, WA
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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David W Krueger
(509) 248-7715
406 S 30th Ave
Yakima, WA
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Anatole S Kim
(509) 248-7715
406 S 30th Ave
Yakima, WA
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Robert Andrew Ortiz, MD
(509) 248-7715
302 S 10th Ave
Yakima, WA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1987

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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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