Depression linked to increased risk of stroke

Middle-aged women who have depression are nearly twice as likely to have a stroke compared to women of the same age who are not depressed, according to a recent study.

The body’s inflammatory and immunological processes and their effects on blood vessels may play a part in this increased risk, the researchers say.

The study highlights how poor mental health can be a significant factor on physical health; currently there are no guidelines for stroke prevention that include management of depression.

Read more at The University of Queensland