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Feeling down in the dumps? The chance of having a stroke by 2019 just doubled!

by , 18 May 2015

Are you depressed?

Do you often find yourself feeling helpless, hopeless, irritable, angry and unenergetic?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, your brain's in great danger!

A new study has uncovered that people who suffer from depression for four years or more have double the risk of a stroke, compared to people who experience consistently low depressive symptoms.

To find out how depression links to stroke, read on. It could help you prevent a brain attack.

If you’re depressed, you’re twice as likely to have a stroke
 

The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, has uncovered new findings that suggest depressed people are at greater risk of stroke.
 
Researchers looked at a total of 20,000 Americans. Out of this number, 16,178 had never had a stroke before. 1,192 participants had.
 
When researchers looked at the general health status of all participants, they noticed a significant association between depression and those who had had a stroke before.
 
Researchers concluded that people who suffered from depression (or depressive symptoms) were twice as likely to have a stroke within the four years compared to those who weren’t depressed.
 
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Feeling lonely, unhappy and not being able to sleep well could mean you’re depressed
 

Lead author Paola Gilsanz, from Harvard University, explains that a doctor doesn’t have to diagnose you with depression to mean you’re depressed. Feeling any of the following feelings can mean you’re mildly depressed: 
 
You feel lonely
You feel unhappy
You feel as if everything is an effort
You struggle to sleep well
You’re unable to “get going”
 
Researchers say that they’ll first need to prove potential mechanisms to explain the link they observed between depression and stroke. But they’re set on the idea that depressive symptoms can damage your physical health over time. And it could lead to stroke among other health problems they’re yet to discover.
 
There you have it. Discover how a happier disposition in life can reduce your risk of stroke by reading this article. (It also includes some great tips on how to reverse your negative outlook before it claims your health.) 

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