13 Aug '11, 2am

Depressed Women Have a Higher Risk of Stroke

Depressed Women Have a Higher Risk of Stroke

A new study from Harvard researchers reveals that depression may have one more adverse effect on women : it raises the risk of stroke. Women with a history of depression are 29% more likely to have a stroke than non-depressed women. Strangely enough, taking anti-depressants did not lessen the risk; in fact, women who took SSRIs like Prozac or Zoloft faced a 39% higher risk. Researchers were quick to say that they had no evidence that the anti-depressants themselves caused the increased likelihood of stroke. They also added that women should not stop taking anti-depressants because of the findings. Instead, use of anti-depressants indicated more severe depression, which in turn has been linked to stroke risk factors (like smoking, diabetes, physical inactivity, and high blood pressure). The study indicates that depressed women are more likely to live in an unhealthy, even i...

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