Recent Physical Activity Associated With Stroke Prevention
Researchers from Germany conducted a study to determine if physical activity at any time in life could decrease the risk of stroke. The study, published in Stroke , found that physical activity in adulthood has beneficial effects.
About the Study
- Recent sports activities were reported by 25% of patients with stroke and by 43% of the control group
- The groups did not differ in the amount of activity in youth
The researchers accounted for other factors that are linked to a higher risk of stroke such as vascular risks and education. Even after these risk factors were accounted for, recent activity appeared to be a significant factor.
How Does This Affect You?
Physical activity can help keep your heart and blood vessels healthy, which in turn can significantly reduce your risk of stroke. A case-control study design is the least reliable design because it can allow
Talk to your doctor about beginning an exercise program, especially if you have any heart conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease or if you have had a previous stroke or TIA. Begin gradually. Add small bits of activity to your day such as taking stairs instead of elevators or walking instead of taking the car on small trips.
American Heart Association
National Stroke Association
Grau AJ, Barth C, Geletneky B, Ling P, Palm F, Lichy C, et al. Association between recent sports activity, sports activity in young adulthood, and stroke. Stroke . 2009 Feb;40(2):426-31. Epub 2008 Dec 24.
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