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Study suggests women with depression are more at risk for strokes

New research suggests that women who are depressed are also at an increased risk for stroke.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV/ABC) – New research suggests that women who are depressed are also at an increased risk for stroke.

According to the American Stroke Association, 425,000 women suffer a stroke each year in the US.

Strokes kill twice as many women as breast cancer.

Depression has long been known as a complication of strokes.

Now, a study in the journal “Stroke” finds depression may indicate a higher risk for stroke in some women.

Researchers spent 12 years studying more than 10,000 women ages 47 to 52.

They found that depressed women had a 2.4 times higher risk of stroke than those who weren’t depressed.

The authors say it’s unclear why depression and stroke are associated with the age group.

They suggest diagnosing and treating depression among younger women could help reduce strokes later in life.

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