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Daily Walks May Decrease Severity of First Time Strokes

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Data extracted from two Swedish stroke registries involving 925 adult stroke survivors, with an average age of 73, associated weekly exercise with a reduction in stroke severity
  • While noting the positive effects of exercise on strokes, the researchers observed that neither diabetes, the patient’s sex and smoking, nor the use of blood pressure medication or statin drugs, influenced stroke severity
  • When it comes to safeguarding your cardiovascular health, regular exercise provides many benefits and the current study suggests even low to moderate physical activity can be beneficial for stroke prevention
  • An observational study conducted in the U.S. and Uganda suggests Americans tend to walk faster with a partner and especially when accompanied by children, whereas Ugandans slow down

A new study based on Swedish stroke registries suggests adults who participate in light to moderate physical activity may have less severe strokes than their physically inactive peers. The researchers recommended at least four hours of walking or two to three hours of swimming a week as a potential means of reducing stroke severity.

Since it's rare to find a health condition that cannot be improved by exercise, these findings are not surprising. Especially when it comes to safeguarding your cardiovascular health, regular exercise provides numerous benefits. Let's take a closer look at how walking can boost your overall health and well-being, particularly as it relates to strokes.


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