Study links depression with increased risk of stroke

September 21, 2011 4:21:40 AM PDT
A new study says depression may be a significant risk factor for strokes.

The study found strong evidence that depression increased the risk for a deadly stroke by 55 percent.

Researchers believe there are several links between the two, including an inflamed immune system, bad eating habits, smoking and being sedentary.

Having other medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure also play a role.