Swedish researchers find strokes linked to depression

Depression can increase the risk for a stroke among the elderly, a Swedish study has revealed.

Research carried out at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg on 401 stroke-free 85-year-olds found there is a connection between depression and increased risk of suffering from a first stroke, reports the Reuters news agency.

Of the patients, who were studied over a three-year period, 18 percent suffered from depression when the study began.

Analysis has showed that these patients had nearly a three times greater risk for suffering a stroke during the time the study was conducted.

The study, which is published in the magazine Stroke, also showed a connection between high blood pressure and stroke.