September 20, 2014
New research finds both men and women can lower the risk of stroke by engaging in even moderate exercise.
Previous studies on fitness and strokes have focused more on men. The new research says benefits apply to women, too.
Stroke is the nation's third-leading cause of death. Doctors say physical activity can help prevent blockages in blood vessels that can cause it.
The lower risks were true even considering such other risk factors as smoking, weight and high blood pressure.