Physical Activity & Strokes

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Between 12,500 and 15,000 people have a stroke each year and of these a third will die, a third will recover well but a third will survive with one or more impairments, including physical, sensory, neurological and psychological. In total around 70,000 people in Scotland are stroke survivors and will require long term care. At the same time regular physical activity prevents or delays the development of high blood pressure and helps to reduce blood pressure in individuals with elevated blood pressure.

40% of all strokes could be prevented through lower exposure to risk factors such as smoking, alcohol, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Being regularly physically active can help lower these risk factors.

Useful links:

Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland

The Stroke Association

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