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Brisk walking reduces stroke risk among women

There's more evidence today on the benefit of exercise for women: In a large study done by Harvard researchers, women who walked briskly (defined as 3 miles per hour or faster) had a significantly lower risk of stroke than women who didn't walk. Medical News Today reports:

The risks were lower for total stroke, clot-related (ischemic) stroke and bleeding (hemorrhagic) stroke, researchers said.

The study, which appears in the journal Stroke, followed 39,315 women for almost 12 years. In a statement, researcher Jacob Sattelmair, MSc, said physical activity is "an important modifiable behavior for stroke prevention."

Previously: Study shows exercise can boost new moms' well-being, Midlife exercise linked to better aging in women and How exercise may make you more resistant to stress

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