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Suffer from depression? You are twice as likely to get stroke!

Depression and stroke go hand-in-hand is what the new study says.

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti |Updated : May 18, 2015 11:08 AM IST

There has been a significant rise in the number of depression cases in the last few years. Although the exact cause is not known, various contributory factors like stress, lack of job, emotional and mental well-being, etc play a key role. And the fact that depression increases your risk of various health conditions is not known by many people.

However, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association revealed that long-term depression may double your risk of suffering from a stroke, especially if you are a middle-aged adult. And even after the symptoms of depression disappear, the chances of getting a stroke still remain high. (Read: 8 modern-day signs of depression you ought to know)

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Around 16,178 participants in the age group of 50 and older, were interviewed based on the symptoms of depression, risk factors of stroke and history of stroke every two years from 1998 2010. The study was conducted over a span of 12 years that reported 1,192 strokes.

The researchers looked at how the changes in the symptoms of depression over time can be associated with the risk of stroke. They were surprised to see that changes in depressive symptoms take more than two years to protect against or elevate stroke risk. (Read: Pick up on cues, come out & fight depression bravely like Deepika Padukone)

Although the current study focused on the relation between depression and risk of stroke, there are 5 health conditions that can lead to depression. These are

Heart diseases It is a known fact that depression might lead to heart disease, but what are unaware is that 70 per cent of patients who have undergone a heart attack suffer from depression till up to a year after the incidence.

Parkinson s disease Around 30 to 40 per cent of patients suffering from Parkinson s disease suffer from severe symptoms of depression during the later stages of the condition.

Multiple sclerosis A chronic condition affecting the brain, multiple sclerosis can also affect your mental health, in turn causing depression. Also, the fact that a person has to live with this condition for the rest of their life makes them depressive.

Diabetes The sheer pressure of managing and living with this chronic condition like diabetes takes a toll on one s mental health leading to depression.

Stroke While depression may increase the risk of stroke, the other way round is also possible. It is reported that more than one-third of post-stroke patients suffer from depression expressing symptoms of anger, frustration, fear and hopelessness. (Read: 6 lifestyle tips to prevent stroke)

With inputs from PTI

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