Stroke is a major cause of death and disability in Canada. It is costly to the health care system and causes stress and burden to families. People who have had a minor stroke are at high risk of having another stroke. One of the risk factors that could lead to another stroke is not being active. Changing to a healthier lifestyle such as doing more physical activity can change a person’s risk of having a second stroke.
The purpose of this study is to learn about what affects the amount of physical activity that people will do after a minor stroke.
The study will use surveys, interviews and measures of the amount of activity done by the participants to help understand the factors affecting their level of fitness.
What is unique about the project?
Little is known about what affects a person’s decision after a minor stroke to stay active. Knowing this could lead to better design of exercise programs to meet the needs of people who have had a minor stroke. It could also reduce health care costs, as there could be fewer people with stroke.