Does aerobic exercise in stroke patients improve functional outcome and quality of life

Published in the February edition of Cerebrovascular Diseases, Dr Pang MYC et al from the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Division of Rehabilitation Medicine Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Tung Wah Hospital, Hong Kong check the literature to see if there is evidence that aerobic exercise affects various indicators of health, functioning and quality of life in stroke patients.

The group found that although most trial use an intensive dose of treadmill and cycle ergometer at 21–40 min and 3–5 days per week aerobic exercise there was inconclusive evidence to prove that aerobic exercise improves health outcomes in physical, psychosocial and cognitive domains as well as quality of life.


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