A new study suggests that regular physical activity may reduce the risk of stroke. According to research from the American Heart Association, approximately 9,000 of the 27,000 study’s participants were inactive (exercising once a week or less) and 20 percent more likely to experience a stroke.
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, our experienced medical staff encourages all of our patients to stay physically active to some degree. Depending on the status of your health, Dr. Burak Ozgur can determine what type of exercise is medically appropriate for your treatment. Offering the best care to the residents of Irvine and surrounding California areas, ONE continues to be the elite Center for brain and spine treatment.
The American Heart Association study was published in the journal, Stroke, and examined 27,000 Americans who were 45 years and older for a period of 5.7 years. Researchers found that men were at a lower risk of stroke if they exercised at moderate or vigorous intensity for four or more sessions each week. The researchers conclude that women’s relationship between stroke and activity frequency was far less clear.
Michelle McDonnell, Ph.D. and study author, says, “Exercise reduced blood pressure, weight, and diabetes. If exercise was a pill, you’d be taking one pill to treat four or five different conditions.” Exercise and regular physical activity, even walking, should be pursued regardless of what conclusion a person is seeking.
The study was the largest and first of its kind to evaluate the effectiveness of physical activity and the risk of stroke. Men and women from multiracial groups in the United States were involved in the study to differentiate between races, if applicable. Though the study measures the frequency of exercise, it did not measure how long each person was physically active each session.
According to the American Heart Association, healthy adults, aged 18-65 years, should pursue moderate physical activity for 30 minutes, five times a week. In addition, adults should involve two days of muscle strengthening activities for all major muscle groups.
The experts at ONE Brain and Spine Center recommend patients to have a conversation about exercise and their treatment process. For more information about how you can stay physically active during treatment, call and schedule an appointment today!
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