Physical Fitness Training for Patients With Stroke
An Updated Review
Physical fitness is low after stroke and this may cause or exacerbate some common poststroke problems, including disability. It is not known whether physical fitness training after stroke reduces death, disability, or dependency.
The primary aims of this review1 were to determine whether physical fitness training (cardiorespiratory training and resistance training) after stroke reduces death, dependence, and disability at the end of intervention or end of follow-up. The secondary aims were to determine the effects of fitness training on physical fitness, mobility, physical function, health status and quality of life, mood, and the incidence of adverse events.
We searched the Cochrane Stroke Group Trials Register (last searched January 2013), the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL; The Cochrane Library 2012, Issue 12, searched January 2013), MEDLINE (1966 to January 2013), EMBASE (1980 …