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Infographic. Developing home-based cardiac rehabilitation for people post-transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and ischaemic stroke
  1. Neil Heron1,2,
  2. Frank Kee2,
  3. Jonathan Mant3,
  4. Margaret E Cupples4,
  5. Michael Donnelly5
  1. 1 Primary Care, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, UK
  2. 2 Department of Public Health, Queen's University, Belfast, UK
  3. 3 Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge Department of Engineering, Cambridge, UK
  4. 4 Department of Family Practice, Queen's University, Belfast, UK
  5. 5 Centre for Public Health, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Neil Heron, Primary Care, Keele University, Keele ST5 5BG, UK; neilheron{at}

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The value of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) after a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or ‘minor’ stroke is untested despite these conditions sharing similar pathology and risk factors to coronary heart disease.1 Following a TIA and/or minor stroke, patients are at significant risk of further vascular events, particularly within the acute period.2


We therefore wanted to develop and test the feasibility of conducting a randomised controlled trial of a novel home-based rehabilitation programme,3 4 The Healthy Brain Rehabilitation Manual, with a pedometer and telephone follow-up from a health professional, for patients with a first TIA or minor stroke of atherosclerotic origin, using the core components of home-based …

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  • Contributors All authors have designed, conducted and written up the research study findings.

  • Funding This study was funded by British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (PhD doctoral fellowship support) and the National Institute of Health Research (PhD doctoral fellowship).

  • Competing interests None declared.

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