Effect and efficacy of lifestyle interventions as secondary prevention

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Introduction Improvements in health behaviour are often recommended as part of secondary prevention in patients with stroke and transient ischaemic attack. However, there is a lack of knowledge as to how this is applied in clinical practice. Aim In this systematic review and meta-analysis, we examined the effect of counselling or educational intervention directed at individual or multiple behavioural risk factors on blood pressure and other reported outcomes. Methods PubMed, Embase, PsycInfo, CINAHL, Scopus and Web of Science were systematically searched. Meta-analyses were conducted on all outcome measures if appropriate. A qualitative analysis of the content of the interventions was conducted to review which elements the interventions consisted of. Results Twenty-nine randomized controlled trials were identified. Fourteen reported effects on systolic blood pressure, and pooled results showed a significant beneficial effect (n = 2,222; -3.85 mmHg [95%CI -6.43; -1.28]). The effect was greatest in the four interventions which included supervised training (n = 174; -9.83 mmHg [95%CI -16.56; -3.09]). Conclusion Modifying health behaviour in stroke survivors might have a moderate beneficial effect on blood pressure, especially if the intervention includes supervised physical training.

BogserieActa Neurologica Scandinavica
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)299-313
Antal sider15
StatusUdgivet - 2020

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