Stroke survivors at greater risk for depression, death

January 11, 2013

Up to one in three stroke survivors go on to develop depression and that could lead to death, according to a study from the University of Southern California.

Researchers looked at more than 10,000 stroke survivors over a 21-year period.

Those who suffered a stroke and developed depression afterward had a three-times greater risk of dying early and a four times-greater risk of death.

Family members who watch for signs of depression in loved ones who've had strokes may help save their lives.

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