The Drs: Relax With Reiki + Ischemic Strokes & Risk Factors

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The Doctors: Reiki To Relieve Stress

If you’re looking for a new way to relieve stress, reiki just may be the answer for you. Dr Lisa Masterson said it has helped many of her pregnant patients, and it’s something that she’s using regularly in her office. Dr Lisa explained that reiki can work for muscle aches, back aches, and easing tension. There’s no medications so it’s a very safe treatment. To explain how the treatment is done, Dr Travis volunteered to have Dr Lisa try it on him for is back pain.

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Dr Lisa explained that although the studio wasn’t exactly ideal, she would be willing to give it a shot. Typically, reiki is done using candles, soft music, and dimmed lighting. She said you want to channel energy from the earth and channel it to the body. It usually lasts an hour and people experience all sorts of things. She said you can even do it on animals. Dr Travis said you can choose to accept it or reject it and said he could feel Dr Lisa’s “presence” and had pure relaxation in his body and mind.

The Drs: Relax With Reiki + Ischemic Strokes & Risk Factors

Dr Lisa Masterson explained how reiki works to help patients relieve stress as well as minor aches and pains. (128331297@N04 / Flickr)

Have you ever tried reiki? Would you be willing to try it if it could help you relax and relieve pain?

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The Doctors: Stroke At 38-Years-Old

Then, The Doctors introduced a woman who had a stroke at 38-years-old. She was active, healthy, and didn’t smoke. One of her best friends was getting married so she flew to Boston and then drove another two-and-a-half hours to the venue. The morning of the wedding she ran eight miles and “felt fantastic.” She celebrated until 4 in the morning and when she finally got in bed she got the sensation like she was about to sneeze and then everything went black.

She had an ischemic stroke and a blood clot had cut off the blood supply to a portion of her brain. Her doctors also discovered that she was born with a hole in the wall between the top two chambers of her heart, which allowed the blood clot that formed in her leg or pelvic, to make it through her heart and into her brain.

The Doctors: Ischemic Strokes

Her name is Meredith and The Doctors welcomed her and Dr Freda Lewis-Hall to the show. Dr Freda explained that although Meredith’s story was dramatic, it wasn’t all that uncommon. Up to 14% of ischemic strokes happen in people 18-45 years of age. The problem is that young people don’t think of themselves as at-risk for stroke. Plus, too many people don’t know the symptoms of a stroke, so they don’t get help when they should.

The Doctors: Symptoms Of A Stroke

Remember FAST to remember Face, ARM, Speech, and Time. Ask a person to smile, raise their arms, and say a very simple sentence. If they struggle with any of those, it could be a sign that they’re having a stroke which means you need to take advantage of your time and dial 911 immediately. The good news is that the younger your brain, the better the chances of having a full recovery from a stroke.

The Doctors: Stroke Risk Factors

In Meredith’s case, VTE could be to blame for her stroke, which is when a blood clot forms in a vein and then breaks loose and travels to the lungs or even to the brain. VTE’s are just one type of risk for stroke. Other stroke risk factors include a history of cardiovascular disease, a family history of stroke, diabetes, obesity, irregular heartbeats, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Some medicines can increase your risk of stroke, as does excessive alcohol use and smoking.

As for what helped Meredith recover: physical therapy, a lot of patience, and positivity. She now will be running the New York City marathon on the 1-year anniversary of her stroke.

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