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Task-oriented treadmill exercise training in chronic hemiparetic stroke

Frederick M. Ivey, PhD, et al.

Figure.Peak aerobic fitness levels in patients with chronic stroke relative to energy requirements for activities of daily living

Because stroke patients are extremely physically inactive, they become "out of shape" to the point that it affects their ability to care for themselves and increases their risk for future heart attack and stroke. Recently, treadmill exercise training has been studied as a means to combat the physical decline that otherwise occurs in the average stroke survivor. Encouragingly, this form of therapy seems to result in many measurable health benefits after stroke, including improved function and reduced cardiovascular disease risk. Future research studies will be required to determine the ideal dose of treadmill exercise therapy for a person who has had a stroke.

Volume 45 Number 2, 2008
Pages 249 — 260

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