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Depression Raises Likelihood of Strokes in Females

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According to a new study, adult females who suffer from clinical depression are 29 percent more likely to also get a stroke than women of the same age who don’t have depression. Furthermore, the Harvard Medical School authors of the study noted that there is a 39 percent higher risk of getting a stroke for females who are on SSRIs like Prozac, Celexa and Zoloft compared to women who don’t suffer from depression.

In order to come to their conclusions, researchers performed a six-year study analyzing over 80,000 females ages 54 to 79. Despite the fact that none of the women had any sort of history of strokes, some very interesting correlations were drawn between an increased likelihood of getting a stroke and the onset of clinical depression.

As per Dr. Kathryn Rexrode, senior author of the study:

"I don't think the medications themselves are the primary cause of the risk. This study does not suggest that people should stop their medications to reduce the risk 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. All these factors could contribute to increased risk."

This study appeared in the latest issue of the journal Stroke.

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