Stroke and Exercise
Gary A Ford
Understand the effect of a fitness and mobility exercise intervention on blood flow in the brain, metabolism and function in older adults following stroke.
Recent information has suggested that exercise may help people who have suffered from a stroke. Exercise may help to control the levels of glucose in the body and to improve blood flow in different areas of the brain. This may decrease the likelihood of having another stroke by improving the quality of your blood vessels through decreasing the formation of fatty plaques which can lead to stroke.
Exercise has also been shown to improve functions such as walking and balance. We aim to show the effect of exercise on the control of glucose in the body, blood flow in the brain and function. We will measure the blood flow in the brain by using a magnetic resonance (MRI) scanner.
This study evaluates an exercise intervention that could easily be translated into the community for older adults following stroke.