There May Be a Link Between Depression And Stroke

There May Be a Link Between Depression And Stroke

Source: LiveScience

Feeling depressed may increase the risk of stroke, at least among older adults, a new study suggests. The study involved about 1,100 people living in New York City; the participants had an average age of 70 and had never had a stroke. At the start of the study, participants filled out a survey designed to measure symptoms of depression, such as feeling sad or feeling like everything is an effort. Based on the survey, the people were given a depression score ranging from 0 to 60, with scores over 16 considered “elevated.” Participants were then followed for 14 years, and during this time, about 100 of them had a stroke.

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