Physical activity and the risk of stroke

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Evaluation of: Sattelmair JR, Kurth T, Buring JE, Lee IM. Physical activity and risk of stroke in women. Stroke 41(6), 1243-1250 (2010). Several meta-analyses support the importance of participation in regular, leisure-time physical activity for the primary prevention of stroke and cardiovascular disease, as well as other associated health benefits. Whether both men and women benefit is not clear, in part owing to there being relatively fewer women in relevant observational and case-control studies. Data from the Womens Health Study have now been used to address this question in a large cohort of women. After multivariable adjustment, increasing levels of leisure-time physical activity in women tended to be associated with lower stroke risk, with a particular benefit of regular, brisk walking for those who did not vigorously exercise. The results reinforce recommendations that both men and women participate in regular, leisure-time physical activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1263-1265
Number of pages3
JournalExpert Review of Neurotherapeutics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2010


  • exercise
  • gender
  • physical activity
  • prevention
  • stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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