Walking speed and the risk of stroke

Slow walking speed is a strong predictor of increased risk of incident ischemic stroke among postmenopausal women, according to researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

First, the details.

  • 13,048 postmenopausal women (average 65 years) free of stroke at the start were studied.
  • Potentially confounding factors were used to screen those who had a subsequent stroke.

And, the results.

  • 264 of the original group eventually had an ischemic (due to blood clot) stroke.
  • Those in the slowest walking group had a significant risk of stroke vs the fastest walking group.
  • Slower walking speed was a significant predictor of ischemic stroke even after adjusting for confounding factors.
  • Additional adjustment for physical function variables (grip strength and chair stands) did not change the association.

The bottom line?
Abe Gubegna, Ethiopian novelist tells us…

“Every day in Africa a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.

Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows that it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle.
When the sun comes up, you better be running.”

6/9/08 21:59 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.