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Regular Exercise Prior to Stroke Helps Patients Recover Faster

by VR Sreeraman on  July 20, 2009 at 12:48 PM Research News   - G J E 4
 Regular Exercise Prior to Stroke Helps Patients Recover Faster
People who exercise regularly prior to suffering a stroke recover faster after the attack, claims a new study.
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It showed that patients who had previously exercised regularly before a stroke occurred were significantly more likely to have milder impairments and, thus, were better able to care for themselves, compared to patients who rarely exercised.

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"It appears that exercise is very beneficial to people at risk of developing a stroke," said Mayo Clinic neurologist Dr James Meschia, the study's lead investigator.

"Many studies have shown that exercise can reduce the risk of developing a stroke in the first place, and this study suggests that if an active person does have a stroke, outcomes can be improved," he added.

The researchers looked at data collected by scientists at four centers - Mayo Clinic's campuses in Jacksonville and in Rochester, Minn.; the University of Florida and the University of Virginia - who participated in the Ischemic Stroke Genetics Study.

Of 673 patients, 50.5 percent reported that prior to their stroke, they exercised less than once a week, 28.5 percent exercised one to three times a week, and 21 percent reported aerobic physical activity four times a week or more.

However, Dr. Meschia insists that a larger study is needed to validate these findings, because this study depended on recall from 673 people who had a stroke.

He said a new study could also help clarify whether moderate or vigorous exercise is necessary to improve outcomes.

The study appears in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

Source: ANI
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