Poor Well-Being Ups Stroke Risk
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- People who score poorly on a test to measure overall well-being are more likely to suffer a stroke. But suffering from depression doesn’t appear to have any effect at all.
Those are the key findings from a new study out of the United Kingdom that followed more than 20,000 people with no history of stroke over about eight years. During that time, nearly 600 people suffered a stroke. Results on the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale showed those patients were less likely to have positive mental health and well-being. The poorer their scores, the more likely they were to have a stroke, or to have a fatal stroke.
The result held true even after the investigators adjusted the data to take standard stroke risk factors like cigarette smoking and high blood pressure into account.
Experiencing an episode of major depression in the past year, however, was not linked to an increased stroke risk, nor was any history of depression over the course of the participant’s life.
“Stroke is among the leading causes of long-term disability and death worldwide,” study author Paul Surtees, Ph.D., from the University of Cambridge, was quoted as saying. “Understanding the mechanisms by which overall emotional health may increase stroke risk may inform stroke prevention and help identify those at increased stroke risk.”
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SOURCE: Neurology, published online March 3, 2008