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Persistent depression doubles stroke risk despite treatment, study finds

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2611 (Published 15 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2611
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Persistent depression is associated with twice the risk of stroke in adults over 50, a study reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association has shown.

Researchers interviewed 16 178 people every two years from 1998 to 2010 and assessed their symptoms of stroke and depression.1 All of the participants were taking part in the Health and Retirement Study, a longitudinal study investigating health and personal finances in people over …

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