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Posted by on Dec 23, 2019 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell

This study investigated if adherence to exercise programs (EP) affects the recovery of stroke survivors. Researchers suggested that increased adherence improved recovery after a moderate stroke.

Some background

Every year, more than 795,000 people in the US have a stroke. Of these, about 87% are ischemic strokes. This happens when the blood flow to the brain is cut off. Brain cells stop receiving oxygen and begin to die. The abilities controlled by these cells are lost causing symptoms such as arm paralysis.

EP is recommended after a stroke, as part of recovery. However, a significant number of patients have limited capacity to join EPs.

Prior studies showed that adherence to EPs is very important for a successful recovery. However, these studies have short-follow up periods.

The effects of poor EP adherence on long-term recovery outcomes remain unclear.

Methods & findings

This study included information about 186 patients with moderate stroke. These patients enrolled in an EP. The program consisted of 30 minutes of daily activity and 45 to 60 minutes of weekly exercise.

Adherence was assessed by reviewing the training diaries kept by the participants. After 18 months, participants with increased adherence had improved recovery outcomes.

The bottom line

This study concluded that adherence to EP is associated with better recovery outcomes after a stroke.

The fine print

This study was based on self-reported data from participants. Information collected in this way is not always reliable. Further studies are needed.

Published By :

Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation

Date :

Jul 30, 2019

Original Title :

Associations between adherence to the physical activity and exercise program applied in the LAST-study (Life After STroke) and functional recovery after stroke.

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