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New study links strokes to depression

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New health studies show a strong link between stroke and depression in women. 

Depression has long been known to slow recovery from strokes, but it turns out it is a big factor in causing them as well.

Dr. Anil Nanda with LSU Health Sciences Center said the study from Australia shows that women who suffer from depression are twice as likely to have a stroke.

Nanda said this could be caused by the fact that when you have depression you are less likely to keep up with healthy habits like walking and eating nutritious meals.

"I think it's an important study, especially for middle aged women, showing that you should be careful about depression because that increases your risk for other problems," said Nanda.

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