Physical activity and death in community-dwelling stroke survivors

Takeaway

  • Physical activity is associated with a dose-dependent reduction in all-cause mortality in stroke survivors, particularly those <75 years of age. Intervention to increase physical activity could help to prevent deaths.

Why this matters

  • In the general population, there is a well-established association between physical activity and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and death.

  • Stroke survivors are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death compared to healthy individuals. Physical activity is notably low in stroke survivors, with greater sitting time and less physical activity than peers without a history of stroke.

  • Currently, guidelines recommend a minimum of 10 metabolic equivalent (MET)-hours of physical activity per week in stroke survivors. However, the link between physical activity and risk reduction in death has not been well-studied in stroke survivors.