Depression In Women May Increase Risk Of Stroke
By: Phil Holleman
A study conducted by researchers at the Harvard School for Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital suggests women who suffer from depression and use antidepressants may face a 29% increased risk of having a stroke.
80, 000 Women Studied Over Six Years
The study followed more than 80,000 women aged 54-79 over a period of six years. For purposes of this study, depressed was defined as either currently being diagnosed with depression or having a history of depression.
Women who used antidepressants were at an increase risk for stroke, as were women who reported current depression, compared to women who only had a history of depression or used antidepressants. It should be noted the use of antidepressants could indicate the severity of depression.
According to Dr. Kathryn Rexrode, a senior author:
I don’t think the medications themselves are the primary cause of the risk. This study does not suggest that people should stop their medications to reduce the risk of stroke.”
The authors indicated women with depression:
- were more likely to be less physically active
- had a higher body mass index
- single, younger and regular smokers
compared to women without depression or a history of it.
A large number of women had co-existing conditions, such as:
- heart disease
- and high blood pressure
Dr. Rexrode wrote:
Depression can prevent individuals from controlling other medical problems, such as diabetes and hypertension, from taking medications regularly or pursuing other healthy lifestyle measures as exercise. All these factors could contribute to increased risk.
Don’t Go It Alone
The key point in this information is it’s critical to maintain our health if we are depressed. That’s why I have stated it is important for women and men who are depressed to have someone who is there to assist with the important details of life. The ability to care for ourselves can decrease significantly. It did for me.
It’s also important to not stop taking medication. Although I am not a proponent of antidepressants, it can be dangerous to stop taking prescribed antidepressants.
For women who suffer from depression and may be at risk of stroke, please talk to your medical professional about the possibility of going through the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC). TLC includes the use of natural supplements which may help reduce the risk of stroke as well as adding exercise and other tools to help reduce or eliminate depression.
Yours in good health,
Phil Holleman spent over 11 years struggling with major depression. He became an “expert” at being depressed! After realizing he had the knowledge and strength to rise above the illness and stigma associated with it, he created ABoldNewLife.com to help others who are recovering or desperately want to recover. He hopes you will join him on the journey and use your inner strength to be freed from the bondage of depression.
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