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.