Here’s another study that shows an interesting observation, but an explanation using my sleep-breathing paradigm is much more satisfying. Researchers found that postmenopausal women who have a current history of depression, past history of depression, or use of antidepressant medications had a significantly higher overall risk of stroke (29% over 6 years). Having a current history of depression alone increased your risk to 41%. The authors speculated that this increased risk may be due to medication use, weight gain, or increased cardiovascular complications that’s seen in people with depression. It’s been already shown in a past study that depression increases your risk of sudden death and fatal coronary heart disease.
It you accept the fact that postmenopausal women will have a higher likelihood of developing obstructive sleep apnea, then it’s likely that they will also be at higher risk of having depression, anxiety, hypertension, heart disease, etc. The researchers have done a great job in linking two of the end consequences of untreated obstructive sleep apnea, but failed to look at the common root of both conditions.