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Lund study

Weight Lifting Helps Stroke Patients

Published tisdag 30 december 2008 kl 10.15

A rigorous weight-lifting program improves the health of stroke patients - to the contrary of earlier beliefs - according to a unique study carried out by medical researchers in the southern Swedish city of Lund.

The patients took part in two, high-intensity exercise programs for 10 weeks - with magnetic cameras showing that their muscle cells grew by 10%.

The researchers add that the exercise also influences blood pressure, reducing the need for medication.

Up to now, such exercise has been warned against, although to stroke patients often becoming passive with declining muscle capacity.

Some 30,000 Swedes suffer from stroke every year, and a third of them suffer from new strokes again.

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