Depression may increase your risk of stroke and, if you have a stroke, it may slow your recovery.
People who had symptoms of depression had a 46% greater chance of suffering a stroke than those who had no such symptoms, according to a study led by Robert Murphy, a PhD student at the University of Galway in Ireland, that was published today in the journal Neurology.
The researchers reached their conclusions after adjusting for age, sex, education, physical activity, and other lifestyle factors.
“Depression affects people around the world and can have a wide range of impacts across a person’s life,” said Murphy in a press release. “Our results show depressive symptoms were linked to increased stroke risk and the risk was similar across different age groups and around the world.” COURTESY:HEALTHLINE