New Study Links Depression to Stroke Risk

New Study Links Depression to Stroke Risk

Depression is a serious illness that affects millions of older Americans. It can cause weight gain, insomnia, moodiness, and a whole lot more. In fact, Harvard researchers have discovered a link between depression and higher risk of suffering a stroke.

Even worse, the stroke risk doesn’t disappear if the depression clears up, either. While actively depressed seniors are at a twofold risk of stroke, formerly depressed seniors still have a 66% risk, the study says, look

The study examined over 16,000 people age 50 and up, and took place over a 12-year period. Every year, the subjects were asked to undergo a depression screening to evaluate their mental health and determine their stroke history and risk.

Medical experts have long known about the link between depression and strokes, but they were surprised to discover that the risk doesn’t go away when the depression does. Researchers say this underscores the importance of taking your mental health seriously, which also means staying physically healthy.

If you or someone you know suffers from depression, or has in the past, then you need to take clear action to help treat the depression. Also, your doctor needs to be aware so that you can proactively fight the risk of a future stroke, including with medication and lifestyle changes.

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