Navigation Links
Walking Program Helps Stroke Survivors Get On With Life
Date:3/7/2013

THURSDAY, March 7 (HealthDay News) -- Regular walking helps improve stroke survivors' physical fitness, mobility and quality of life, according to a new study.

It included 128 adult stroke survivors in Jamaica who did either brisk outdoor walking three times a week for three months, or received therapeutic massages and no supervised exercise.

By the end of the study, the walking group had a nearly 17 percent improvement in quality of life based on physical health, walked almost 18 percent farther in a six-minute endurance test and had a 1.5 percent lower resting heart rate. The massage group's resting heart rate was nearly 7 percent higher, according to the study appearing March 7 in the journal Stroke.

"Walking is a great way to get active after a stroke. It's familiar, inexpensive and it's something people could very easily get into," lead author Carron Gordon, a lecturer in the physical therapy department at University of the West Indies in Jamaica, said in a journal news release.

"Walking can help control blood pressure, reduce lipid or fat levels and help with weight control -- all cardiovascular risk factors. So doctors should encourage it for patients who have had a stroke," Gordon added.

She said that many stroke survivors lack energy and are afraid of falling while walking, which leads them to withdraw from social and routine activities such as visiting friends and family, buying groceries and going to church.

Initially, the stroke survivors in the walking group were supervised by instructors during their walks. Eventually, family members or friends walked with the stroke survivors, until they were comfortable walking alone.

The men and women in the study had suffered a stroke six to 24 months before the study and could walk independently with or without a cane. Their average age was 64.

Most of the patients in the study were black Jamaicans, but similar results could be expected in any ethnic or cultural group, Gordon said. However, that's not the case for patients with more severe stroke effects or those unable to walk independently.

Most people should get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise, or some combination of both, according to the American Heart Association. Stroke survivors should get 20 to 60 minutes (depending on fitness level) of aerobic exercise three to seven days a week, the association recommends.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about rehabilitation after a stroke.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Stroke, news release, March 7, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Walking away from back pain
2. Adult sleepwalking is serious condition that impacts health-related quality of life
3. Drug May Make Walking Easier for People With Artery Disease
4. Study: Alternate walking and running to save energy, maintain endurance
5. Another New Years Hazard: Drunk Walking
6. Bridle Brook Assisted Living in Champaign County Hosts Walking Club
7. Walking-Canes.Net has just received the new 2013 line of Adjustable Walking Canes
8. Texting While Walking May Be as Dangerous as Texting While Driving
9. Walking to the beat could help patients with Parkinsons disease
10. More Americans Walking, But Still Not Enough, CDC Says
11. Need to Get Walking More? Clip on a Pedometer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Walking Program Helps Stroke Survivors Get On With Life
(Date:6/24/2016)... Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... June ... about the dangers associated with chronic pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, ... individuals who are suffering with Sickle Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... MIAMI, Fla. (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Florida Trend magazine’s 2016 Legal Elite. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this ... of Florida. , Seven Greenberg Traurig Shareholders received special honors as members of this ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Rhinebeck, NY (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of ... of companies that call for a minimum wage raise to $12 an hour by 2020 ... wage. This will restore the lost value of the minimum wage, assure the wage floor ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Living, is proud to recognize Dr. Barry M. Weintraub as a prominent plastic ... most beautiful women in the world, and the most handsome men, look naturally ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... National recruitment firm Slone Partners ... with extensive sequencing and genomics experience, as Vice President of North American Capital Sales ... be responsible for leading the sales team in the commercialization of the HTG EdgeSeq ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 ... Oticon , industry leaders in advanced ... launch of Oticon Opn ™, the world,s first ... of possibilities for IoT devices.      (Photo: ... Oticon introduces a number of ,world firsts,: ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 The vast majority of ... dialysis facility.  Treatments are usually 3 times a week, ... visit, including travel time, equipment preparation and wait time. ... especially grueling for patients who are elderly and frail.  ... nursing and rehabilitation centers for some duration of time. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016  Experian Health, ... and transforming the patient payment and care ... innovative new products and services that will ... revenue cycle offerings. These award-winning solutions will ... workflows, remain compliant in an ever-changing environment ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: