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Depressed people are at risk for stroke, researchers warn. According to findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, depression is strongly correlated with deadly strokes. This underscores the need to treat mental illness before it becomes life threatening.

Harvard researchers learned of the link between depression and fatal strokes after reviewing 28 cohort studies involving 317,540 adult patients. The study revealed that 8478 stroke cases were reported during a follow up that ranged from 2 - 29 years. In fact, they found the risks associated with depression was 106 cases for total stroke, 53 cases for ischemic stroke, and 22 cases per 100,000 for deadly stroke. These stats findings demonstrate that strokes are very prevalent among depressed people.  

But what could make depressed people susceptible to stroke? There are several things that could be at play. For one, depression is an emotionally draining illness; the disorder often saps enthusiasm and motivation. People who lack motivation won't be inclined to exercise, eat healthy or seek medical treatment.

Secondly, certain medications can raise blood pressure and cholesterol both of which can be damaging to blood vessels, thereby increasing stroke risk. 

The link between depression and stroke can't be ignored. According to government estimates, 1 out of 10 Americans are reportedly depressed. Depression knows no boundaries, affecting men and women, young and old.

It's mentally and physically unhealthy to hold things inside, the Harvard discovery of the link between depression and increased risk of stroke is as relevant as ever. If you're feeling depressed, seek medical help because your life may depend on it.

For more information about depression, visit the National Institutes of Mental Health to learn about the signs and symptoms of this mental illness.

 “Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing. Be clean!’ The leprosy left him at once and he was clean” (Mark 1:41-42).

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Article Sources 

Pan, A., Sun, Q., Okereke, O., Rexrode, K., & Hu, F. (2011). Depression and Risk of Stroke Morbidity and Mortality: A Meta-analysis and Systematic Review JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 306 (11), 1241-1249 DOI: 10.1001/jama.2011.1282

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