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Eat those vegetables and fruit to lower risk of stroke-4733

Eat those vegetables and fruit to lower risk of stroke

Risk factors for stroke include older age and heredity. Lifestyle choices are also risk factors, such as smoking cigarettes, poor diet and physical inactivity (American Stroke Association). To better understand the results of a new study looking at the relationship between stroke risk and eating fruits and vegetables, it’s helpful to translate grams to food servings. This is approximate. One medium apple or orange, two small apricots, one cup of sweet corn or one cup of cooked green or orange vegetables are approximately equivalent to 150 grams (Gofor2&5 Australia).

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Updated stroke guidelines add nutrition to physical activity-4731

Updated stroke guidelines add nutrition to physical activity

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, either because of blockage by a blood clot (ischemic) or a hemorrhage. May is American Stroke Month and a good time to remember that stroke is the fourth cause of death in the United States (American Heart Association). In Canada, stroke is the third leading cause of death (Statistics Canada).

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Boost physical activity levels to lower risk of heart attack-4712

Boost physical activity levels to lower risk of heart attack

For 985 adults (average age 71 at baseline) participating in the community-based Cardiovascular Health Study, measurements of heart rate variability (differences in the time between one heartbeat and the next) were compared with levels of leisure-time physical activity. Recordings of heartbeats were taken over five years.

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Rethinking the heart rate formula for older women-4665

Rethinking the heart rate formula for older women

For fitness and physical activity instructors, “target heart rate,” which signals the level of exercise intensity in relation to a training effect, is a fundamental tool for working with clients. New research suggests that the simple formula of “220 minus age” is no longer accurate.

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Skipping that diet drink may lower risk of heart disease-4658

Skipping that diet drink may lower risk of heart disease

For the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, 59,614 postmenopausal women, average age 62.8 years, reported on their consumption of diet sodas and diet fruit drinks (equivalent to a 12-ounce beverage).

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Moderate intensity physical activity can lower risk of stroke-4635

Moderate intensity physical activity can lower risk of stroke

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted, either because of a burst blood vessel or an obstruction. Women are more likely than men to experience a stroke, points out information on the HealthyWomen website, a risk that rises at older ages. Among the studies presented at the International Stroke Conference 2014, one looked at the relationships between different levels of physical activity and women’s risk of stroke.

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