Find your happy place: according to a new study, a history of depression in postmenopausal women can increase their risk of having a stroke by 29%.
Kathryn M. Rexrode of Harvard Medical School researched over 80,000 women over the course of six years to find that there may be a notable correlation between depression and strokes in older women. They found that 41% of the women who currently had depression had an increased risk, and women just with a history had a 23% increased risk.
Needless to say, this is something that should be studied more closely. Check out more info on how you can decrease your risk of having a stroke — for example, smoking and a higher body mass index were noted as contributing factors in the study findings as well. And while you’re at it, check out some tips on how to change your mood today: solutions ranging from meditation to medication have helped our members.
So, to reduce your stroke risk, do what makes you happy and healthy!
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