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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 …
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.
Patient consent for publication Not required.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.