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New AHA/ASA Scientific Statement on Depression After Stroke

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) has issued a Scientific Statement on depression in patients who have had a stroke, which it calls an "underrecognized, underinvestigated, and undertreated problem."

This multispecialty statement, published online in Stroke on December 8, provides a comprehensive review of the current evidence and gaps in current knowledge of the epidemiology, pathophysiology, outcomes, management, and prevention of poststroke depression and provides implications for clinical practice, the authors state.

A separate review paper about post-traumatic stress disorder following stroke, which could affect as many as 1 in 4 stroke patients, has also been published online in Stroke.