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Physical Activity may Help Avert Severe Stroke

by VR Sreeraman on  October 21, 2008 at 4:53 PM Research News   - G J E 4
 Physical Activity may Help Avert Severe Stroke
Individuals who're physically active before suffering a stroke may have less severe problems as a result and recover better, shows a new study.

The study has been published in the October 21, 2008, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
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To reach the conclusion, researchers reviewed the medical records of 265 people with an average age of 68 who had a stroke and were able to walk on their own. Other stroke risk factors and other diseases and conditions that might interfere with their ability to exercise were considered.

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The participants were interviewed after filling out a questionnaire about their exercise habits and the number of hours they were active during a one-week period.

The study found that the top 25 percent of people who exercised the most were two-and-a-half-times more likely to suffer a less severe stroke compared with people who were in the bottom quarter of the group. The most active also had a better chance of long-term recovery.

"Exercise is one possible risk factor for stroke that can be controlled. Staying fit doesn't have to be a scheduled regimen. For the people in this study, exercise included light housework, taking a walk outside, lawn care, gardening or participating in a sport," says study author Lars-Henrik Krarup, MD, of the Bispebjerg University Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Krarup says the study also suggests the importance of stroke awareness programs and prevention campaigns.

Source: ANI
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