Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Expand Walking Good for Stroke Patients

Expand Walking Good for Stroke Patients  

Walking regularly can improve the health of stroke patients both in the physical mobility, as well as the quality of his life. Such disclosed a new study published in the journal Stroke.

This study involved 128 people with stroke in Jamaica is divided in three different groups. The first group performed a walking routine for three times a week, the second group received therapeutic massages, and a third group did not get both.

As a result, the first group experienced an increase in quality of life based on physical health as much as nearly 17 percent. They can take a further 18 per cent in a test of endurance and have heart rate 1.5 percent lower. While the second group has a heart rate of almost 7 percent higher.

"Walking is a very good way to active again after a stroke. Walking is an activity that is not foreign, not expensive, and easy, "said the study's Chairman Carron Gordon, who is also a lecturer in the Department of physiotherapy University of West Indies Jamaica.

Gordon added, walking can help in controlling blood pressure, lower fat content, and maintaining weight loss, all of which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

Therefore, the doctors are expected to recommend stroke patients to practice walking with routine. After the stroke, the patient usually becomes weak and afraid to do a physical activity for fear of falling over. In fact, this makes them difficult to maintain social connections and return to my daily routine activities.

Therefore, the role of the person closest to you is very important to make sure the stroke sufferers to get back on the run. To start the practice runs, the closest patients can accompany, until slowly the patient become more confident to be able to do the exercises themselves regularly.

Men and women participants in this study suffered a stroke six to 24 months before the study started and can walk alone or with no tools. The average age of participants was 64 years. In addition to good for sufferers of stroke, walking is also good to avoid a stroke. People need to walk at least 150 minutes per day, and the 75-minute per week to heavy physical activity.

The combination of the two can be done. So the advice from the American Heart Association. Whereas for patients with stroke, 20 to 60 minutes required for aerobic exercise, carried out three to seven days a week.

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