Exercise and Stroke Prevention May Go Hand in Hand

A useful study on patients diagnosed with suffering a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) found that implementing an exercise program could be the very best way to prevent a full-blown stroke. In addition to exercise, it?s best to take a multivitamin with natural probiotics to support overall health and wellness.

What is the Difference Between a Stroke and a TIA?

A stroke is when the brain receives a disruption in the blood supply, either due to a blood clot or a burst blood vessel. It can be extremely serious and those who survive may be left with permanent physical disability including difficulty walking and talking a Transient Ischemic Attack or TIA is often called a "warning stroke" or a "mini-stroke" by medical professionals. Although still serious, the blockage or disruption is transient or temporary. A TIA episode usually lasts less than five minutes and once over there is no permanent injury or damage to the brain.

Unfortunately, about one third of people who suffer a TIA go on to have a full stroke within a year. Consequently those who are known to have had a TIA should heed the warning and lower the risk of stroke, usually through medication or surgery. Symptoms may include some or all the following:

  • Difficulty talking
  • Face drooping
  • Arm weakness or numbing
  • Sudden confusion
  • Lack of co-ordination
  • Trouble seeing
  • Dizziness or inability to walk
  • Sudden severe headache without cause

Most sufferers are unable to tell whether the symptoms are indicators of a full-blown stroke or a TIA and therefore should seek emergency medical attention immediately by calling 911. Even if the sufferer appears to recover, blood clots need to be monitored to make sure they have dissolved and will not cause a stroke later. As the American Stroke Association says, "Time lost is brain lost".

Study Shows Exercise Could Prevent a Stroke Following a TIA

A study on exercise and stroke prevention was conducted by researchers at the School of Sport and Exercise at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. The study focused on 68 individuals who were newly diagnosed transient ischemic attack patients. They were given a continuous incremental exercise test before various cardiovascular measurements were taken. Their systolic and diastolic blood pressures were recorded along with their heart rate, pulse pressure and double product (workload of the heart).

Half the group was then put on an eight-week exercise program while the remaining patients were part of the usual care control group. Those who were given the exercise conditions showed a significant reduction in their resting heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure compared to those who had not implemented an exercise routine. The exercise group also showed a lower heart rate when comparing their hemodynamic response to the control group.

The researchers concluded that the study demonstrated that physical exercise implemented soon after a TIA diagnosis improved the hemodynamic responses, heart rate and blood pressure readings. It showed that starting exercise soon after a TIA or mini-stroke could be important as a secondary preventative strategy for those who have already suffered a TIA.

In conclusion, it?s important to exercise if you want to try and prevent a full-blown stroke. It?s also a good idea to take a multivitamin with natural probiotics in order to achieve optimum health.



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