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Crack a sweat to cut your stroke risk

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Author: 
Kimberly Gillan
Published Date: 
22 July 2013
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Sedentary people are 20 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than those who regularly break a sweat, according to South Australian researchers.

Dr Michelle McDonnell, from the University of South Australia, studied 27,000 Americans aged over 45 who had been involved in a six year study.

She found that exercising four times a week at a moderate to intense level was crucial to reducing the chances of a stroke.

Strokes occur when the arteries become blocked or burst, preventing blood from flowing to the brain. This limits the amount of oxygen, which can lead to brain damage.

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