Did You Know That 65% of Stroke Survivors Sustain a Disability?

By Sarah Mengel l Accredited Exercise Physiologist
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  • A stroke can happen in childhood and adulthood
  • 1 in 4 people have a stroke
  • More than 80% of strokes can be prevented
  • Regional Australian‘s are 17% more likely to suffer a stroke than those in Metropolitan areas

Types of strokes

  • Ischemic: An ischemic stroke happens when blood flow through the artery that supplies oxygen-rich blood to the brain becomes blocked. 87% of strokes are ischemic.
  • Hemorrhagic: A hemorrhagic stroke happens when an artery in the brain leaks blood or ruptures (breaks open). The leaked blood puts too much pressure on brain cells, which damages them.
  • Transient ischemic attack: A TIA or a mini-stroke from which you fully recover. It is often a warning sign for a future stroke


Diagnosis of a stroke usually involves an in-depth examination of your medical history plus some testing that may include:

  • Computer tomography (CT scan)
  • Magnetic resonance imagining (MRI)
  • Ultrasound
  • Blood tests
  • Echocardiogram (ECG)
  • Cerebral angiogram

Stroke Risk Factors

Some stroke risk factors are high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, drinking, sedentary lifestyle, poor diet and obesity.

How can exercise help after a stroke has occurred?

  • Increased Range of Motion
  • Increased strength
  • Improved mobility
  • Improved fine motor skills
  • Improved balance
  • Decreased contractures
  • Decreased risk of further complications
  • Improved mental health
  • Improved quality of life