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Keeping fit cuts risk of 'silent' stroke

Older people who stay in shape by swimming, jogging or playing squash may protect themselves against strokes, a study has shown.

Researchers found that 64-year-olds who regularly took moderate to intense exercise weren't as likely to suffer 'silent' strokes and reduced their risk of a silent stroke by 40pc.

Dr Joshua Willey, from Columbia University in New York, said: "Encouraging older people to take part in moderate to intense exercise may be an important strategy for keeping their brains healthy."

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