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Walking for half-an-hour a day reduces risk of death after a stroke, study suggests

In a new study from the University of Calgary, researchers found that walking for only 30 minutes every day can lower the risk of death in patients who have survived a stroke.

 

According to a study published in the journal Neurology, people who walk for at least 3-4 hours or cycle for at least 3 hours a week may have a 54 percent lower risk of death after having suffered a stroke.

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For the study, researchers looked at 895 people with an average age of 72 who had suffered a stroke previously and 97,805 people with an average age of 63 who had never had a stroke. They evaluated the average weekly physical activity, its frequency and duration for about four and a half years.

Researchers found the largest reduction in death rate among people who had a previous stroke, but were under 75 years of age. As per the findings, the risk of death was reduced by 80% for people under the age of 75 who met the minimum level of physical activity (half an hour a day). On the other hand, people over 75 who performed the least amount of physical activity saw a smaller advantage but were still 32 percent less likely to die.

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