by David Gutierrez, Natural News:
Evidence continues to mount that even supposedly “safer” antidepressants increase women’s risk of stroke and death.
One of the reasons that doctors prefer selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants to the older tricyclics is that the latter are known to have negative effects on heart function (and depression itself is already a risk factor for cardiovascular disease). Over the past five years, evidence has started to emerge that SSRIs may also increase cardiovascular risk, particularly among older women.
More strokes, deaths among women
Because older women are also at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in December 2009 examined whether SSRIs increased this risk among women participating in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study.
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