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Stroke Recovery Should Include Aerobic, Strength Exercise Program To Boost Cognitive Healing

October 1, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Stroke patients who underwent six months of exercise  improved their memory, language, thinking and judgment by as much as 50 percent, according to the Canadian study. Researchers followed 41 stroke patients – most with mild to moderate walking problems – who embarked on a five-times-a-week aerobic and strength training exercise program. By the end of the program, participants showed improved attention, concentration, planning and organizing, as well as muscular strength and walking ability. The researchers said this kind of exercise program should be the “standard of care for people following stroke."
Susan Marzolini, "Exercise Improves Memory, Thinking After Stroke, Study Finds", News release, presentation at the Canadian Stroke Congress, October 01, 2012, © Canadian Stroke Congress
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