Dallas: Women can lower their stroke risk bylacing up their sneakers and walking, a new study suggests. Women who said they walked briskly had a 37 per centlower risk of stroke than those who didn`t walk. Women whoreported walking at least two hours a week at any pace had a30 per cent lower risk, according to a study published onlineyesterday in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.
The research involved about 39,000 female health workers45 or older enrolled in the Women`s Health Study. The womenwere periodically asked about their physical activity. During12 years of follow-up, 579 had strokes. Besides walking, the study looked at vigorous activitieslike running, swimming and biking, but researchers didn`t finda link between those vigorous activities and a reduced strokerisk. PTI
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