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AMERICAN HEART AND STROKE ASSOCIATION RECOMMEND EXERCISE

In May of 2014 the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association published recommendations that physicians prescribe exercise to stroke survivors. This information portal is intended as a resource for stroke survivors and their families.

Physical inactivity after stroke is highly prevalent. The assessed body of evidence clearly supports the use of exercise training (both aerobic and strength training) for stroke survivors. Exercise training improves functional capacity, the ability to perform activities of daily living, and quality of life, and it reduces the risk for subsequent cardiovascular events. Physical activity goals and exercise prescription for stroke survivors need to be customized for the individual to maximize long-term adherence.
© 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.

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STROKE PATIENTS MAY BENEFIT FROM NEW ROUTINES

Research at the University of Copenhagen suggests post-stroke fatigue may be caused more by desire to return to everyday life and less by physiological causes.

People who have suffered a stroke often experience severe fatigue. But doctors find it hard to help these patients as their experiences of fatigue may not necessarily be caused by physiological problems. New research suggests that dreams of returning to everyday life as it was before the stroke may contribute to the patients' experiences of fatigue and that it may be a help to establish new routines instead of trying to regain old ones.
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