What is a Stroke?
Stroke is a disease that negatively affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when brain cannot get the oxygen and nutrients it needs from a clot forming or the vessel itself bursts. It is estimated that every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke, and it continues to be one of the leading causes of long-term disability. Fortunately, 80% of strokes are preventable.1
There are many risk factors that can be modified through lifestyle changes.
× High blood pressure
× High cholesterol
× Heavy alcohol use
× Heart disease
× Poor diet
× Lack of activity
Importance of Exercise
Physical activity is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for all individuals. And this is even more crucial for individuals with a history of stroke. Exercise can prevent or alleviate many physical and psychosocial impairments associated with a stroke so you can live your best, healthiest life!
Ways to Stay Active
- Stroke Facts. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://cdc.gov/stroke/facts.htm. Published May 25, 2021.
- Exercise for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Treatment. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. 2017.