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Walk more to slash your stroke risk

New research confirms that regular walking helps to prevent stroke. How many steps are required to make a difference?

Stroke is a serious concern for men, and with good reason. After a major stroke, survivors may face extended rehabilitation and permanent disability. The best medicine for stroke is prevention.

A recent study suggests that one of life's most mundane activities—taking a walk—can significantly reduce your risk of stroke. The more hours a week men in the study walked, even at a relaxed pace, the lower their stroke risk.

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