MUNICH, Germany, Oct. 10 (UPI) — People who are able to cross their legs sooner after a severe stroke may be on the road to recovery, researchers in Germany say.
Study author Dr. Berend Feddersen of the University of Munich, Germany, and colleagues said those who were able to cross their legs within 15 days after a severe stroke were more likely than other stroke victims to have better independence in daily life, fewer neurologic problems and lower death rates.
The study involved 68 people who had experienced a severe stroke with need of intensive care treatment, including need of ventilation or need of circulatory support — some could cross their legs and some could not. They were tracked for one year.
The study, published in Neurology, found that one person, representing 9 percent of those who were able to cross their legs after stroke, died during the study. Eighteen people, 53 percent of those who couldn’t cross their legs, died.
The leg crossing group had fewer neurologic problems at discharge from the hospital, scoring an average of 6.5 on the stroke scale, notably lower than the non-crossers who had an average score of 10.6, the study said.
“Despite having severe strokes that left them with slight loss of movement and even reduced consciousness, we noticed that some people were still able to cross their legs, which is not as easy as it seems,” Feddersen said in a statement.