Journal article

Feasibility and adherence to moderate intensity cardiovascular fitness training following stroke: a pilot randomized controlled trial

Hanna Reynolds, Sarah Steinfort, Jane Tillyard, Sarah Ellis, Alan Hayes, Erik D Hanson, Tissa Wijeratne, Elizabeth H Skinner

BMC NEUROLOGY | BMC | Published : 2021


BACKGROUND: Stroke is a leading cause of disability worldwide and the cardiovascular fitness levels of stroke survivors are diminished to an extent that impairs functioning and activities of daily living performance. While cardiovascular training seems an empirically appropriate intervention, the optimal dosage and intensity of cardiovascular training in stroke survivors remains unclear. The aim was to determine the safety and feasibility of moderate-intensity cardiovascular training following stroke, including measurement of adherence to training. METHODS: A pilot, prospective, patient- and assessor-blinded randomised controlled trial conducted in a tertiary, metropolitan hospital-based com..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by the Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS) and supported in-kind by the Community-Based Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Departments of Western Health. The funding body had no role in the conception/design of the study, data collection, analysis or interpretation, or the writing/approval of the manuscript.