Stroke survivors at greater risk for depression, death

January 14, 2013 9:59:04 AM PST
It may come as no surprise that living through the trauma of a stroke can potentially lead to emotional changes.

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.