Antidepressants linked to improved stroke survival

Early antidepressant treatment in patients with ischaemic stroke is associated with lower all-cause mortality after 30 days, Danish researchers say.   

Their study of 5000 patients with first-time ischaemic stroke shows 30 out of 955 patients treated with SSRIs died within 30 days. This compares with 318 out of 4115 patients who were not treated with SSRIs.

“Our results suggest that treatment may be considered in the very early phase after stroke regardless of symptom duration being less than 14 days,” they write in the journal