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Antidepressants raise risk of women's strokes?

Women who take antidepressants may be at higher risk of having a stroke.

August 12, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Women who take antidepressants may be at higher risk of having a stroke.

Scientists followed more than 80,000 women ages 54 to 79.

They found women with a history of depression had a 29-percent greater risk of suffering a stroke. And women who took antidepressants face a 39-percent higher risk.

Researchers are not sure the medication is the cause.

Scientists say this should not lead women to stop taking antidepressants.

The study is in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.