Washington: People who are able to cross their legs soon after having a severe stroke may be more likely to have a good recovery, German researchers say.
Study author Berend Feddersen, MD, PhD, of the University of Munich, Germany and colleagues said that those were able to cross their legs within the first 15 days after a severe stroke were more likely to have better independence in daily life, fewer neurologic problems and lower death rates.
“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,” said Feddersen.
“If this finding is confirmed, leg crossing may be an easy way to help doctors determine who may have a better chance of recovery,” he added.
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. Two groups of 34 were formed; one group with leg-crossers and one with non-leg-crossers. Participants were followed for one year.
The study found that one person, or nine percent, died among those who were able to cross their legs after stroke compared to 18 people, or 53 percent, who died among those who couldn’t cross their legs.
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.
The study has been published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.