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Vigorous exercise is a great way to ward off and reduce the effects of stroke.

One recent study found that moderate to intense exercise, like jogging or cycling, lowered the risk of silent stroke, which can lead to memory problems, while an older, international study found that people who exercised the most prior to having a stroke tended to have less severe strokes and better prospects for long-term recovery.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes daily exercise, not smoking, a healthy diet, a normal weight and moderate alcohol intake can reduce stroke risk by up to 80%, an older study found.

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