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Question 5

What is the currently recommended level of physical activity that provides the most effective reduction of stroke risk (assume that the patient has no complicating medical conditions)?

a. Moderate-to-brisk exercise for 15 minutes at least 3 times a week.
b. Moderate-to-brisk exercise for at least 30 minutes 2 times a week.
c. Moderate-to-brisk exercise for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week.
d. Light-to-moderate exercise for 15 minutes 2 times a week.
e. Light-to-moderate exercise for 15 minutes 3 times a week. 

Answer to Question 5

Correct Answer:

c. Moderate-to-brisk exercise for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week.

Additional Information:

This means a level of exertion that is achieved by activities like brisk walking, gardening, bicycling, or swimming laps. At least 30 minutes of exercise is recommended on "most days." Recently it has become clear that 60 minutes of daily exercise provides a somewhat greater overall health benefit than does 30 minutes; however there is not yet specific information concerning stroke risk reduction.