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Stroke and TIA can lead to depression, new study finds

Stroke and TIA can lead to depression, new study finds
30th March 2012

People who have experienced a stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA) could find themselves suffering from depression, according to a recent study.

Researchers at Duke University Medical Centre found that patients who have had a stroke or TIA were more likely to also develop depression, with this condition going untreated in up to two-thirds of cases.

According to Professor Daniel Laskowitz, senior author of the study, the findings are "striking" because they reveal that mental health problems are just as common among those who had a TIA, which doesn't cause the same level of disability associated with stroke.

"The findings suggest this is not just a simple association between depression and the functional impairment typically associated with stroke," he said.

This indicates that depression in those who have had a stroke of TIA may be associated with brain damage or vascular risk factors, opposed to disability.

Every year approximately 150,000 people have a stroke in the UK and around 53,000 people die from it. This means that just under two-thirds could be living with depression.

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