Researchers at University of Queensland in Australia have found that the risk of stroke increases among middle-aged women who suffer from depression.
The researchers used data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health which involved more than 10,500 stroke free women between 47 and 52 years of age who were questioned every three years between 1998 and 2010. The researchers also assessed whether the participants were suffering from depression by using the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression scale shortened version as well as asking whether they were taking antidepressants.
In total, around 177 women suffered from a first stroke during the follow up. The researchers found that those who suffered from depression were 2.4 times more likely to get a stroke compared to those who were not depressed, even if other risk factors were removed. The study has been published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.