Exercise to Lower the Risk for a Second Stroke
About every 45 seconds, someone in America has a stroke and suffers physical deficits, making it the leading cause of long-term disability. High blood pressure increases the risk of stroke by forcing the heart to work harder to push blood through the body, but it causes no obvious symptoms such as pain or shortness of breath. If you or a loved one has had a stroke, you can reduce the risk of a second stroke by controlling blood pressure with medication and sticking to a properly designed exercise program appropriate to one’s age and health status.
One way to lower the risk of a second stroke is to take your blood pressure medication regularly as prescribed. Following an appropriate exercise plan designed especially for you can also help you avoid a second stroke. Because exercise makes the heart work harder, exercising after a stroke may seem counterintuitive. Nevertheless, a properly designed program can strengthen the heart and improve stamina without endangering your health. In addition, regular exercise reduces the risk of another stroke because it helps to
- lower cholesterol
- lower blood pressure
- encourage weight loss
- improve the regulation of blood sugar
- decrease the amount of inflammatory agents in the blood
Physical rehabilitation after a stroke can also restore physical abilities lost because of the stroke and allow you to gradually increase your activity level and stamina.
An exercise plan after a stroke is very important, regardless of your age or physical limitations. But rehabilitation from a stroke is a lifetime commitment. Let us help you to improve your health and prevent another stroke through appropriate physical therapy exercises.