While most people will experience bouts of the blues at some point or another, for many, this slump tends to dissipate over time. However, for individuals suffering from depression, this disorder can essentially take over their lives, causing them to shy away from others and making the most simple tasks seem impossible. This psychological condition has been linked to many physical ailments as well, and a new study has revealed another substantial danger – particularly for middle-aged women.

According to a press release from the American Heart Association, an Australian study that spanned more than a decade has indicated that women in their 40s and 50s who suffer from depression may face a greater risk of stroke later in life – almost double that of females who don’t have the mood disorder.

“Current guidelines for stroke prevention tend to overlook the potential role of depression,”  said epidemiologist and study author Caroline Jackson, Ph.D of the School of Population Health at Australia’s University of Queensland. Jackson argued that, based on this study, doctors must account for the detrimental effects of poor mental health for female patients.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke every year. If you’re concerned that your psychological state could be affecting your aging longevity, it is essential that you speak to a medical professional about your symptoms. At Longevity Centres of America, we specialize in rejuvenating treatments like hormone pellet implants and infusion therapy to help men and women look and feel their best as they grow older.