Exercise and Stroke
Stroke is often causes by an ischemic event (lack of blood flow) in the brain, mostly due to a blood clot or atherosclerosis. In essence, stroke is a caused by unhealthy blood vessels. We’ve known for years that just as in heart disease, diet and exercise also go a long way in preventing stroke.
In this new study, the severity of the stroke in the exercisers and non-exercisers was similar, but those who exercised on a regular basis recovered much quicker. These results are interesting because it shows that exercise could potentially be neuroprotective, and therefore, the brain is in much better shape to recover from a temporary lapse in blood flow. So even if your exercise routine doesn’t prevent the stroke, your chances of recovering seem much better.