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July 2000 Issue

Walk Your Way to Lower Stroke Risk

Walking and other moderate physical activity may ward off strokes in women, according to an eight-year Harvard study of 72,000 middle-aged female nurses. Women who expended the most energy from any activity were about half as likely to suffer the most common type of stroke—ischemic, caused by a blood clot to the brain—than the least active women. Brisk walking (3+ mph), in particular, was linked to the lowest risk, but even a half-hour,

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