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Depression may increase risk of stroke

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A new study has linked depression to an increased risk of stroke.

Using data from almost 30 studies, Harvard University researchers found people with depression were 45 percent more likely to suffer a stroke and 55 percent more likely to die from stroke.

Experts say these findings are significant, because an estimated 16 percent of Americans experience depression over their lifetime.

Depression may affect stroke risk because of its effects on the nervous and endocrine systems and because these patients are more likely to be obese or practice poor health behaviors.

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