A Comparison of Two Intensive Walking Training Interventions in Community Dwelling Individuals With History of Stroke


Phase 2 Results N/A

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

- Stroke onset within previous 12 months
- Age 40 or older
- Able to follow 2 step verbal command (English),
- Able to walk 10 metres without human assistance (may use walking aid)
- Independent community ambulatory prior to stroke
- Community dwelling
- Approval from physician for participation in study

Exclusion Criteria

- Walking speed greater than 1.0 m/s without walking aid
- Within normal limits on Modified Mini Mental Status test (age and education adjusted)
- Documented global aphasia
- Legal blindness
- Unable to exercise due to the any of the following conditions
- A recent significant change in resting ECG suggesting ischemia
- Recent Myocardial infarction (within 3 months) or other acute cardiac event
- Unstable angina
- Severe SOB at rest or with activities of daily living
- Uncontrolled cardiac arrhythmias causing symptoms
- Severe symptomatic aortic stenosis
- Uncontrolled symptomatic heart failure
- Acute pulmonary embolus or pulmonary infarction
- Acute myocarditis or pericarditis
- Suspected or known dissecting aneurysm
- Acute systemic infection, accompanied by fever, body ache or swollen lymph glands
- Uncontrolled hypertension (systolic > 200 mmHg, diastolic > 110 mmHg )
- Severe peripheral vascular disease with sustained claudication (resulting in limited walking tolerance)
- Severe lower extremity orthopedic problems with severe pain on weight bearing
- Lower extremity amputation that requires prosthesis