It appears there is a definitive link between depression in women and their risk of stroke. It is quite a substantial bump in the risk for stroke in women too, so it’s not anything we can just bat an eyelash at.
It does make sense, since the levels of estrogen and other important hormones in the body can lead to hindered blood flow. Blood that is thicker, or is not as easily transported throughout the veins, capillaries and various networks of blood transport systems in our body, has more of a chance of getting “stuck” or clotting in various areas of the body.
This can include an increased risk of stroke, which is where a blood vessel that transports blood to and from the brain, effectively breaks, or bursts, and blood is let out into areas that it is not supposed to be, disrupting the valuable brain centers that control things like speech, motor skills, and other important bodily functions.
Strokes can either be serious of easily repairable by the body itself. If you suspect someone is having a stroke, try to give them aspirin at the onset, and get them to an emergency room right away so that the risk of permanent damage is minimized.
The study which links depression to increased stroke risk in women actually found that women who were on drugs called SSRI’s which are Seratonin Reuptake Inhibitors, typically prescribed for more serious forms of depression, were more likely to suffer a stroke.
However, they did not find that it was the antidepressant medication which was at fault, but the real link was the depression, and the severity of the depression, itself that was the real culprit.
The study did not suggest in any way that women stop taking their depression medication, but rather that there is a real link between depression and increased stroke risk, which likely warrants additional research into the “why” of the whole thing.