Stroke risk double in depressed

The 12-year study of more than 10,000 women aged 47–52 found depressed women had a 2.4-fold increased risk compared to those who were not depressed.

Depressed women were still 1.9 times more likely to have a stroke even after the elimination of several risk factors, including age, lifestyle habits such as smoking, and physiological conditions including hypertension, heart disease and diabetes.

Study author Dr Caroline Jackson (PhD), an epidemiologist at the University of