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Health.com: 17 Surprising Things That Affect Stroke Risk

Beware of Anxiety, Depression

A stroke can sink you into depression, but did you know that depression can influence your risk of having a stroke? In one recent study, people with depression were 45% more likely to have a stroke and 55% more likely to die from it.

People who are depressed are more likely to smoke, eat poorly and shirk physical activity—all risk factors for stroke. Even low levels of anxiety or depression can boost the risk of death from cardiovascular events, another study found.

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