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According to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015 and reported by American Heart Association News, high levels of exhaled carbon monoxide was associated with a greater risk of future stroke and transient ischemic attack among seemingly healthy adults.
Carbon monoxide is produced naturally by the human body as a signaling molecule. Because of carbon monoxide’s role in the body, abnormalities in its metabolism have been linked to a variety of diseases, including neurodegenerations, high blood pressure, heart failure, and inflammation.
Past studies have linked high exhaled CO levels to an elevated heart disease risk. In this study, researchers from the Framingham Heart Study analyzed the association between exhaled CO and stroke risk in 3,313 adults who were free of stroke at the study’s start.
CO exhalation levels were measured in all participants and brain imaging scans were available in 1,982 participants. They found that the participants were more likely to have lower total brain volumes, higher white matter volumes and a greater prevalence of silent stroke if they were in the highest third of CO levels, compared to those in the lowest third.
When they followed the patients for an average of almost 13 years, they found:
Researchers said more research is needed to explore why this association between CO exhalation levels and stroke exists.
Whether you are recovering from short term illness or are struggling with how to maximize your recovery after a more serious setback like a stroke, you need a plan to take action. Before you begin, consider using Body in Balance as a guidebook of smart moves to learn how to make effective goals to build your own plan. If you’re like Joe in this video below and you were referred to Body in Balance, then you have a guide to put your plan into action.
There are many great questions still coming in from my goal setting webinar for home stroke recovery. If you attended the live event or rebroadcast and I wasn’t able to answer your questions live, I think I am now caught up and those answers are now in the members area. Here’s one of the questions that was asked frequently in regards to best home stroke recovery tips to help get your body back in balance:
Dawn M. asked “What is the best way to regain proper arm and leg movements?”
Good question Dawn!
As I mentioned on the webinar, there is no ONE best roadmap to recovery. There are lots of maps that can be followed, and you may need to follow more than one until you find what works best for you. I mentioned my PTCMAP on the webinar because I find it is effective at getting patients to write down their goals and start to think about their recovery using a checkbook of sorts to get a starting point when restoring overall health balance. I’ve also had good outcomes with patients using BWSTT (body weight supported treadmill training) as well as FES (functional electric stim) for both the lower and upper extremities. I provided a resource page for download on Goal Setting that also has links to articles I’ve written over the years on stroke recovery. Refer to the article I wrote for Advance for PT called Simple Steps where I talk about some of these technologies in more detail. Here’s the link
Finally, I’ll be gathering more questions from the rebroadcast until the end of this month and putting more resources together for you to help answer your questions.
Keep them coming!
ps– if you want to get on the stroke recovery webinar replay before it goes into our members area> Register Here
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…
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