Depression and cardiovascular risk in women
Evidence suggests that depression is a treatable risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
Harvard Women's Health Watch readers probably know that the leading cause of death in women is cardiovascular disease (CVD) — that is, heart disease and stroke. Nearly 43 million women in the United States have some form of CVD, and every year, nearly 422,000 die of it — that's more than succumb annually to all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease and stroke are also major causes of life-altering disabilities.