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Physical fitness training for stroke patients


Saunders, D. H., Greig, C. A., Young, A. and Mead, G. E.

Subject Keywords: Review of physical Fitness Training interventions for stroke patients
Topic: Cardiovascular Health (Draft)
Chronic Conditions
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
Chronic Conditions
Type: Article
Region: International (other)

Stroke patients have impaired physical fitness and this may exacerbate their disability. It is not known whether improving physical fitness after stroke reduces disability. Objectives The primary aims were to establish whether physical fitness training reduces death, dependence and disability after stroke. The secondary aims included an investigation of the effects of fitness training on secondary outcome measures (including, physical fitness, mobility, physical function, health and quality of life, mood and the incidence of adverse events). Randomised controlled trials were included when an intervention represented a clear attempt to improve either muscle strength and/or cardiorespiratory fitness, and whose control groups comprised either usual care or a non-exercise intervention. A total of 12 trials were included in the review. No trials reported death and dependence data. Two small trials reporting disability showed no evidence of benefit. The remaining available secondary outcome data suggest that cardiorespiratory training improves walking ability (mobility). Observed benefits appear to be associated with specific or 'task-related' training.



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Suggested citation:

Saunders, D. H., Greig, C. A., Young, A. and Mead, G. E.. (2004) Physical fitness training for stroke patients [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 23rd August 2019].


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