Effects of Exercise on Patients With Hemiparetic Stroke

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
VA Office of Research and Development
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: July 3, 2001
Last updated: January 20, 2009
Last verified: December 2004

This randomized trial investigates the hypothesis that regular aerobic exercise training using a task specific gait training modality will improve cardiovascular fitness, functional mobility, and reduce risk factors for recurrent cardiovascular events in chronic hemiparetic stroke patients, when compared to matched controls performing just stretching.

Condition Intervention
Cardiovascular Disease
Procedure: Treadmill Exercise

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of Exercise on Patients With Hemiparetic Stroke

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Further study details as provided by VA Office of Research and Development:

Study Start Date: July 1997
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2001
Detailed Description:

The aims are to determine whether 6 months progressive graded treadmill training: 1) improves cardiovascular fitness levels and reduces the excessive energy demands of hemiparetic gait, as defined by oxygen consumption levels based on open circuit spirometry during peak and submaximal exercise ambulation tasks; 2) increases free living physical activity measured by portable kinematic recording devices and quantitative in vivo determination of energy expenditure using stable isotopes; and, 3) improves the cardiovascular-metabolic risk factor profile including measures of key endogenous fibrinolysis regulatory enzymes [plasma tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) and its main circulating inhibitor (PAI-1)], fasting lipoprotein lipid profiles, blood pressure, and oral glucose tolerance and insulin responses. Measurements of body composition at baseline and after training will further determine the effects of aerobic exercise training on muscle mass and central obesity.


Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years to 80 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Males or Females Ages 40 yrs to 80 yrs who are chronic hemiparetic stroke patients.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00018421

United States, Maryland
VA Maryland Health Care System
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21201
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Office of Research and Development
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00018421     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CADE-RA
Study First Received: July 3, 2001
Last Updated: January 20, 2009
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by VA Office of Research and Development:
Cerebrovascular Disorders

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiovascular Diseases
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Nervous System Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms
Vascular Diseases

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