Exercise may reduce blood pressure in stroke patients

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Exercise may help reduce blood pressure in stroke patients, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

In a systematic review and meta-analysis, a team of scientists looked at various medical databases to evaluate the effects of aerobic or resistance exercise interventions in patients after a stroke or transient ischaemic attack (mini-stroke).

Twenty randomised controlled trials were included in the study, which showed that exercise interventions resulted in significant reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure compared with the control groups.

Exercise was also associated with reductions in total cholesterol.

Read the study abstract at fht.org.uk/IT-125-exercise-stroke

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