Stress could lead to strokes later on in life

By WEEK Producer
By NBC News

Stress could lead to strokes later on in life

December 13, 2012 Updated Dec 13, 2012 at 2:50 PM CDT

MINNEAPOLIS -- Stress leads to stroke in the elderly, according to a new report.

A study by researchers at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis followed 4,100 seniors for 10 years.

Of the group, 150 died from stroke and over 400 were hospitalized with the condition.

Researchers found those who reported symptoms of stress and depression, and had a negative outlook on life had a negative outlook on life had a three times higher risk for dying from stroke.

Experts say it is important for caregivers and doctors to realize the real toll distress can have on an older adult's health.

This study was published in the journal Stroke.

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