A simple thing women can do to reduce their risk of stroke Show Notes

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Here’s a simple thing you can do to reduce your risk of stroke. 

A new study done in Spain has found that taking daily walks may reduce the risk of stroke in women.

The study included 13,000 men and 19,000 women, who were all between the ages of 29 and 69.

The researchers found that walking for at least 3-1/2 hours a week was associated with a lower risk of stroke for women compared with those who didn't report regularly walking.  

Interestingly, no link was found between men's stroke risk and walking.

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum is the director of women and heart disease at Lenox Hill Hospital. She told CBS News "What women can take away from this is there is something that you can do that is very simple, very easy and not too time consuming to protect your cardiovascular health status, and that is walking.”

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults are recommended to do at least two-and-a-half hours of moderate exercise each week. That could include brisk walking, and muscle strengthening exercises.

By the way, an earlier study found that the pace at which you walk also makes a difference. Those findings, by Harvard researchers, showed that walking at a pace of three miles an hour for at least two hours a week was linked with a lower stroke risk for women.

If you’d like to read more about the study, go to healthwatch.com and enter “walking and stroke” in the search engine.

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.

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