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Physical Inactivity

Higher levels of physical activity are associated with lower stroke risk across all racial/ethnic groups, ages, and in both men and women. ≥150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or ≥75 minutes of vigorous exercise weekly (together with strength training) is associated with lower risk of both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.  Exercise helps control obesity and diabetes, increases levels of HDL cholesterol, and may lower blood pressure in some people.

Populations at special risk

Physical inactivity is more prevalent among women than men, among black and Hispanic adults than non-Hispanic white adults, among seniors than among younger adults, and among those reporting lower educational attainment.