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Should Exercise be Used as Medicine in Stroke Rehabilitation?

Cox, Roisin, Meadows, Steve, Ferrusola-Pastrana, Anna (2018) Should Exercise be Used as Medicine in Stroke Rehabilitation? In: BACPR EPG Study Day 2018. . (Unpublished) (KAR id:67681)

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Background: Recent evidence identifies that there are more people surviving a stroke than ever before, however almost 67% leave hospital with a disability (Stroke Association, 2017). Therefore, there is a large population currently living with the effects of a stroke such as a reduction in activities of daily living, loss of independence and fatigue. Physical activity helps to reduce the impact of these effects. There is now overwhelming evidence of the benefits exercise provides towards modifiable risk factors for stroke, such as inactivity, high blood pressure, obesity (O’Donnell et al., 2016).

Recruitment: Individuals referred by stroke rehabilitation services, their GP or through local stroke support groups.

Results: A weekly exercise session for stroke survivors significantly improved both health and functional outcomes. BP significantly decreased [particularly SBP (p =.001) and DBP by trend (p=.061)] from hypertensive to a normotensive range. Participants also performed significantly better in 6MWD, TUG and Left-GS (p<.001, p=.025 and p=.033, respectively), right-GS increased by trend (p=.061). None of the measured outcomes showed any performance deterioration and there were no deleterious effects of the exercise reported.

Conclusion: Attendance at a weekly community stroke rehabilitation exercise session promotes continued recovery of function and improved exercise capacity (as measured by the 6MWD and effective risk factor management.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Poster)
Uncontrolled keywords: Stroke rehabilitation, exercise
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure > Sports sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Steve Meadows
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2018 10:29 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:56 UTC
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