People who were active and exercised regularly before their stroke were less likely to face disability after the attack, researchers say.
But the amount of body fat a person had did not seem to be tied to post-stroke disability, the study found. Fitness was key, though.
“Being physically inactive before stroke predicts a higher risk of being dependent both before and after stroke,” said study author Pamela Rist, of Harvard University. Her team’s findings were published online April 5 in the journal Neurology.
The new study involved more than 18,000 people with no history of stroke who were followed for an average of 12 years. During that time, nearly 1,400 of the participants suffered a stroke but survived.
Three years after their stroke, those who had exercised regularly before their stroke were 18 percent more likely to be able to perform basic tasks – such as bathing on their own, the researchers found.
According to researchers from a study conducted on patients who had suffered a stroke, people who had engaged in more physical activity and who exercised regularly before their stroke occurred were less likely to face disability after the attack. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.