Test your balance and assess your stroke risk?

News from the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke reported on a study  from Japan that demonstrates how a simple balance test may be related to your brain health and risk of stroke and cognitive function.

The authors of this balance research reported that struggling to balance on one leg for 20 seconds or longer was linked to an increased risk for small blood vessel damage in the brain and reduced cognitive function in otherwise healthy people with no clinical symptoms.  Continue reading…

One leg balance test
Struggling to stand on one leg for less than 20 seconds was linked to an increased risk for stroke, small blood vessel damage in the brain, and reduced cognitive function in otherwise healthy people. (American Heart Association)-Photo Credits: Body in Balance Book

 

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Published by David Dansereau

Licensed Physical Therapist, Nutritionist and Author in private consulting practice at PTC Physical Therapy Consulting and SmartMovesPT. Know-Stroke.org is my blog and members resource to raise stroke awareness and educate the public about reducing stroke risk as well as provide tips, tools and review new technologies for stroke recovery. Learn about my book, Body in Balance sold on Amazon at www.physicaltherapycoach.com

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