Exercise For Sub-acute Stroke Patients in Jamaica "JAMMS"

Recruiting

Phase 2 Results N/A

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

- Ischemic stroke within 8 weeks
- BMI of 18-40 kg/m2
- Able to walk 3 minutes with handrails, assistive device, or standby aid

Exclusion Criteria

- Actively exercising for >30 minutes per day for 5 days per week
- Increased alcohol consumption (> 2 oz. liquor, 8 oz. wine, 24 oz. beer per day)
- Active abuse of other illegal and illicit drugs
- Cardiac History of: a) unstable angina, b) recent (<3 months) myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure (NYHA category II-IV), c) hemodynamically significant valvular dysfunction
- Medical History: a) peripheral arterial disease with vascular claudication making exercise challenging, b) orthopedic or chronic pain condition(s) restricting exercise, c) pulmonary or renal failure, d) active cancer, e) untreated poorly controlled hypertension measured on at least 2 occasions (greater than 160/100), f) HIV-AIDS or other known inflammatory responses, g) sickle cell anemia, h) medications: heparin, warfarin, lovenox, or oral steroids, j) currently pregnant
- Endocrine History: a) type 1 diabetes or insulin dependent type 2 diabetes, b) poorly controlled type 2 diabetes (HbA1C > 10)
- Neurological History: a) dementia (Mini-Mental Status score < 23 or < 17 if education level at or below 8th grade) and clinical confirmation by clinical evaluation, b) severe receptive or global aphasia that confounds testing and/or training, operationally defined as unable to follow 2 point commands, c) hemiparetic gait from a prior stroke preceding the index stroke defining eligibility (more than one stroke), d) neurologic disorder restricting exercise such as Parkinsons or myopathy, e) untreated major depression (CESD > 16 or clinical confirmation), f) muscular disorder (s) restricting exercise
- Muscle biopsy exclusion criteria: a) anti-coagulation therapy with heparin, warfarin, or lovenox (anit-platelet therapy is permitted), b)bleeding disorder