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Cardiovascular health during rehabilitation

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Cardiovascular disease is more prevalent within the SCI community than in the general population.The reason for this is because of the extensive amount of bed rest following traumatic spinal cord injury, which results in a low level of physical activity and cardiovascular fitness. Continue reading

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Arterial stiffness after SCI and interventions

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What is “central arterial stiffness,” and why is it important? Arterial stiffness is the consequence of many modifiable and non-modifiable factors that include age, gender, physical activity levels, family history, diet, body composition, and blood pressure level. An increase in arterial stiffness is directly correlated with cardiovascular (CV) disease and the hardening and loss of elasticity of the arteries in the heart and brain. Continue reading

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Electrical stimulation of the spinal cord enables voluntary muscle movements in people with chronic spinal cord injury.

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Damian Feldman-Kiss Original Article: C. A. Angeli, V. R. Edgerton, Y. P. Gerasimenko and S. J. Harkema (2014). Altering spinal  cord excitability enables voluntary movements after chronic complete paralysis  in humans. Brain, 137(5), 1394-1409. Find the original article here. Summary: Complete paralysis is the Read More…