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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Too Many Black Women Dying From Strokes -- How Walking Can Help

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A stroke is when brain cells suddenly die due to lack of oxygen. Strokes can be caused by either blood clots or ruptured arteries, either of which will stop the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. Strokes results in paralysis, loss of speech function, incontinence, weakness and death. About 75 percent of all strokes are due to blood clots.

More African Americans die from strokes than whites; in fact, 88 percent more. According to the American Heart Association, 795,000 people annually suffer from strokes in the U.S. Every four minutes, one person dies from a stroke. Along with eating healthy, not smoking, avoiding unnecessary stress, and minimizing alcoholic consumption, walking is one of the most effective and easiest ways to help decrease the risk of strokes.

What Recent Research Has Shown About Walking
  • New research has shown that women in particular who walk three hours a week are less likely to suffer a stroke than women who do not.
  • Women who walked briskly every week for 210 minutes or more had a lower risk of stroke than those who did not--even lower than women who did high-intensity workouts for lower periods of time.
  • Although results showed no significant risk reduction in men, up to 43 percent reduction was shown among women who walked regularly.
Recommended Amount

The amount of walking recommended by both the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is 150 minutes or more per week of brisk walking. This equates to only 2 1/2 hours per week--well worth the time spent to help decrease stroke risk.
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