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Chronic Depression Can Increase Risk for Stroke

According to CNN Health, a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that those with chronic depression have an extremely high risk for stroke and the risk can remain high long after depression symptoms go away. While depression has previously been linked to stroke risk, this study examined whether the risk remained after depression symptoms went away. Study subjects who had depression symptoms at their first interview but not their second still had an approximate 66 percent elevated stroke risk compared to those who had no symptoms at either interview. The results are currently unexplained, but it pays for practitioners to tread carefully with depressed patients due to the cardiovascular risk factors associated with their depressive symptoms.

Read the article published by CNN Health.

Read the study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.