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Antidepressants Increase Incidence of Stroke in Postmenopausal Women

 Antidepressants Increase Incidence of Stroke in Postmenopausal Women

01-28-2010 –An article in an online version of the Archives of Internal Medicine calls a risk of stroke and death in postmenopausal women who take antidepressants small but “statistically significant.” In a study involving numerous academic institutions, researchers found that women – most of them white – had “a 0.43 percent risk of stroke annually versus a 0.3 percent annual risk of stroke for women not taking antidepressants.”

 Antidepressants Increase Incidence of Stroke in Postmenopausal Women

 
 01-28-2010 –An article in an online version of the Archives of Internal Medicine calls a risk of stroke and death in postmenopausal women who take antidepressants small but “statistically significant.”

In a study involving numerous academic institutions, researchers found that women – most of them white – had “a 0.43 percent risk of stroke annually versus a 0.3 percent annual risk of stroke for women not taking antidepressants.”

What makes the results worrisome, says senior author Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, is the high number of prescriptions given to postmenopausal women.

But the authors urge caution about the results, particularly because it’s unclear if depression itself may cause the increased risk of stroke.

Wassertheil-Smoller urges women to weigh the benefits of the antidepressants against the small risk. Lead author Dr. Jordan Smoller adds, “While this study did find an association between antidepressants and cardiovascular events, additional research needs to be done to determine exactly what it signifies.

Older women taking antidepressants, like everyone else, should also work on modifying their other risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as maintaining a healthy weight and controlling cholesterol levels and blood pressure.”

Source: http://www.physorg.com/tags/archives+of+internal+medicine/ 

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