Post-stroke depression in the elderly

Takeaway

  • Older patients with stroke are around 50% more likely to develop depression than older patients with myocardial infarction.

Why this matters

  • Almost one in three stroke survivors in the United States (US) experience post-stroke depression, but risk factors remain unclear.

  • The extent to which post-stroke depression is explainable by pre-existing depression and whether depression following stroke is different from depression following other ischemic vascular events such as myocardial infarction also remains unclear.