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Exercise and Stroke Risk

Being physically fit in your 40s helps prevent stroke later in life, study finds.


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Staying physically fit in your 40’s may reduce your risk of stroke later in life.

A new study finds the more fit you are in middle age the less likely you are to have a stroke after 65… even if you high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes or atrial fibrillation.

Researchers included more than 19,800 adults who underwent an exercise tolerance test in their mid-to-late 40s. Their heart-lung capacity was measured during a treadmill session... then, their health status was tracked. Men and women at the highest level of fitness had a 37 percent lower risk of stroke after 65…compared to those at the lowest level.

The senior author says, “These findings support the unique and independent role of exercise in the prevention of stroke.” The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise… or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV… bringing you another ounce of prevention.