A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that people suffering depression have a 45% higher risk of suffering from any form of stroke and a 55% higher risk of stroke-related death than those without depression. Experts said the results should be considered a call to action for improving diagnosis and treatment because "depression affects quality of life, heart disease and stroke risk," said Ralph Sacco, chair of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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