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A recent study has found that people reporting symptoms of depression are more likely to die from a stroke and it may be possible that the depression is an early sign of a major stroke in progression. In fact, some of the symptoms may even have been caused by a ‘silent stroke' which damaged tiny blood vessels in the brain. The study involving 13,000 men over 20 year found that those with the most symptoms were twice as likely to die from stroke. They were also more likely to die from any cause than those with fewer symptoms. Further studies need to examine whether the silent strokes are the cause of the depression. Depression, no matter how mild should be treated especially those with heart disease risk factors.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Forbes - Health Day
About: Death from stroke more likely in those with symptoms of depression
Date: 30 November 2004
Source: Forbes - Health Day
Author: Ed Edelson
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