Depression May Increase Risk Of Heart Disease, Stroke In Older Adults

HealthDay (2/4, Preidt) reports that research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggests “depression increases the risk of heart disease and stroke in older adults.” Investigators studied “more than 7,300 seniors in France with no history of heart disease, stroke or dementia at the start of the study period” who “were assessed again two, four and seven years later.”

Neurology Advisor (2/4, Stiles) reports that the investigators “found that adults 65 years and older who had high levels of depression on one, two, three, or four occasions had 15%, 32%, 52%, and 75% greater risk, respectively, of experiencing heart disease or stroke during the 10 years of the study.

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— “Depression May Boost Seniors’ Risk for Heart Disease, Stroke,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, February 4, 2016.

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