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Stroke Res Treat. 2012;2012:818513. doi: 10.1155/2012/818513. Epub 2011 Sep 15.

Physical activity, ambulation, and motor impairment late after stroke.

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Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology/Rehabilitation Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, 413 45 Göteborg, Sweden.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess walking capacity and physical activity using clinical measures and to explore their relationships with motor impairment late after stroke.

SUBJECTS:

A nonrandomised sample of 22 men and 9 women with a mean age of 60 years, 7-10 years after stroke.

METHODS:

Fugl-Meyer Assessment, maximum walking speed, 6 min walk test, perceived exertion, and heart rate were measured, and the Physiological Cost Index was calculated. Physical activity was reported using The Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly.

RESULTS:

Mean (SD) 6 min walking distance was 352 (±136) m, and Physiological Cost Index was 0.60 (±0.41). Self-reported physical activity was 70% of the reference. Motor impairment correlated with walking capacity but not with the physical activity level.

CONCLUSION:

It may be essential to enhance physical activity even late after stroke since in fairly young subjects both walking capacity and the physical activity level were lower than the reference.

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