Anxiety Tied to Stroke Risk in Study
But direct link not proven
Commenting on the study, Dr. Scott Krakower, the assistant unit chief of psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y., said, "We know that a little bit of anxiety is a good thing, but when anxiety becomes excessive, it takes a toll on the body and needs to be treated."
As far as the risk of stroke is concerned, Krakower thinks more studies are needed to confirm the association or discredit it.
He noted that there have been studies that link stroke with depression, but the effects of anxiety haven't been studied in depth.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems people face, and a lot more people have anxiety than depression, Krakower said. "And it's often overlooked," he noted.
Treating anxiety might not lower the risk for stroke, "but it will improve your quality of life," he added.