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Exercise Intensity for Stroke Rehabilitation

Led By Marc Roig, PhD
Research Sponsored by McGill University
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
Be older than 18 years old
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up 12 weeks
Awards & highlights

Study Summary

This trial will compare the effects of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) vs. moderate-intensity continuous training (MICT) on brain plasticity, cardiovascular health, and psychosocial predictors of physical activity.

Who is the study for?
This trial is for individuals who had their first stroke 6-60 months ago, can walk at least 10 meters (with or without help), and have a basic ability to follow instructions. It's not suitable for those with other serious health issues that make exercise unsafe, currently in another rehab program, or have pain worsened by exercise.Check my eligibility
What is being tested?
The study compares two types of exercises over 12 weeks: Moderate-Intensity Continuous Training (MICT) and High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Both are done on a machine that works arms and legs. Researchers will check how these affect brain recovery, heart health, mood, motivation, and walking.See study design
What are the potential side effects?
While the document doesn't list specific side effects, typical risks from moderate to high-intensity exercise may include muscle soreness, fatigue, shortness of breath during activity. The eligibility criteria suggest avoiding participants where exercise could lead to significant discomfort or risk.


Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~12 weeks
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and 12 weeks for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Cortico-spinal excitability
Secondary outcome measures
Arterial stiffness
Cardiorespiratory fitness
Diastolic resting blood pressure
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Other outcome measures
Gait speed
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Trial Design

2Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Group I: Moderate-intensity continuous trainingExperimental Treatment1 Intervention
Intensity will be determined using a combination of heart rate reserve (HRR, calculated as HRR= [max HR - resting HR] x [% training] + [resting HR]) and ratings of perceived exertion (RPE). The MICT protocol will be increased using a progression schedule previously used (initial intensity at 40% HRR (RPE=9-11), and progressed by 10% HRR every 4 weeks up to 60% HRR (RPE=13-14) will be maintained until the end of the intervention). A 3-minute warm-up and 2-minute cool-down will be performed at 30% HRR (RPE=9-11). The total duration of MICT, including warm-up and cool-down, will be 35 minutes.
Group II: High-intensity interval trainingExperimental Treatment1 Intervention
Intensity will be determined using a combination of heart rate reserve (HRR, calculated as HRR= [max HR - resting HR] x [% training] + [resting HR]) and ratings of perceived exertion (RPE). The protocol will involve 10 60-second intervals of high intensity interspersed with 9 60-second low-intensity intervals. The initial high intensity intervals will start at 80% of the HRR (RPE=14-17) and progress by 10% every 4 weeks. Low intensity intervals will be performed at 30% of HRR (RPE=9-11). Three-minute warm-up and 2-minute cool-down periods will be performed at 30% of HRR. Total HIIT time including warm-up and cool-down is 24 minutes.

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Who is running the clinical trial?

Ontario Stroke NetworkOTHER
6 Previous Clinical Trials
827 Total Patients Enrolled
5 Trials studying Stroke
327 Patients Enrolled for Stroke
McMaster UniversityOTHER
891 Previous Clinical Trials
2,605,386 Total Patients Enrolled
22 Trials studying Stroke
42,007 Patients Enrolled for Stroke
Jewish Rehabilitation HospitalOTHER
5 Previous Clinical Trials
700 Total Patients Enrolled
2 Trials studying Stroke
130 Patients Enrolled for Stroke

Media Library

12 weeks of High-intensity Interval Training Clinical Trial Eligibility Overview. Trial Name: NCT03614585 — N/A
Stroke Research Study Groups: High-intensity interval training, Moderate-intensity continuous training
Stroke Clinical Trial 2023: 12 weeks of High-intensity Interval Training Highlights & Side Effects. Trial Name: NCT03614585 — N/A
12 weeks of High-intensity Interval Training 2023 Treatment Timeline for Medical Study. Trial Name: NCT03614585 — N/A

Frequently Asked Questions

These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

Can I become involved in this experiment?

"In order to qualify for this trial, applicants must have suffered a stroke and be within the age bracket of 40-80. The research team is currently in search of 80 participants."

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Does this research initiative consider senior participants?

"This research project is limited to patients aged 40-80; however, there are 37 studies for minors and 1007 trials available for seniors."

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How many people have been recruited to participate in this experiment?

"Affirmative. According to the listing on clinicaltrials.gov, this research is currently enrolling patients; with the initial post date of January 1st 2020 and latest update from November 17th 2022. Two clinics are needed for recruiting 80 participants in total."

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Are there any vacancies still available for potential participants in this research project?

"According to clinicaltrials.gov, this research is actively recruiting participants at present time. The trial was inaugurated on January 1st 2020 and the data has been freshly updated as of November 17th 2022."

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~4 spots leftby Sep 2024