Can exercise help lower my risk for a silent stroke?

Audrey K. Chun, MD
Geriatric Medicine
Researchers have found that moderate to heavy exercise is associated with a lower risk of silent strokes -- among almost 200 patients who suffered silent strokes, those who exercised most were half as likely to have a silent stroke. However, the researchers did not show a direct cause-and-effect relationship between vigorous exercise and stroke risk reduction.

Aerobic exercise improves vascular health by strengthening the heart and blood vessels, and minimizing the risks of obesity and high body mass index (BMI) that are associated with stroke. Physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of symptomatic ischemic stroke as well.

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