Prestroke Physical Activity Improves Stroke Recovery

We all know physical activity can reduce our risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease. However, new research strongly suggests that physical activity three or more times per week in the year before a stroke significantly increases the likelihood of good outcomes, compared to those who hardly exercised at all. One of the authors, James Meschia, MD says, “It makes sense. A brain that generally has good blood and oxygen flow from aerobic exercise will be in better position to compensate for neurological defects caused by a stroke.”

PositiveTip: Investing the time now in daily physical activity not only reduces your risk of stroke and heart cardiovascular disease, it also may increase your odds for a positive outcome should you have a stroke.