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Depression and stress can lead to strokes.

STRESS, hostility and depression can significantly increase the chances of middle-aged and older adults having a stroke, researchers have said. Hostility alone more than doubled the likelihood of having a full-blown or "mini" stroke, also known as a transient ischaemic attack (TIA), a study found. Chronic stress increased stroke and TIA risk by 59%, and depressive symptoms by 86%. Scientists used questionnaires to assess chronic stress, depressive symptoms, anger and hostility in 6,700 men and women aged 45 to 84. Over a period of eight-and-a-half to 11 years, a total of 147 strokes and 48 TIAs occurred within the group.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 11, 2014
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