Depression 'elevates risk of stroke'

Posted on 12 August 2011

Depressed women could be at a higher risk of stroke, according to new research, meaning they would possibly have to look at ways to pay for care.

Research published in journal Stroke found that a history of depression was linked to a 29 per cent increased risk of the cardiovascular event.

In addition, those who used antidepressant medication, in particular selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, were seen to have a 39 per cent increased risk of stroke.

However, senior author Kathryn Rexrode said that this does not mean people should stop taking their depression medication for fear of stroke.

"Depression can prevent individuals from controlling other medical problems such as diabetes and hypertension, from taking medications regularly or pursuing other healthy lifestyle measures such as exercise," she explained.

"All these factors could contribute to increased risk."

This follows research published on which found that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors could be more harmful to older people than older medications for depression.

Posted by Natalie Edwards



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