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 within five days of hospital admission died within 30 days. This compares with 318 out of 4115 patients who were not treated with SSRIs.