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It's obviously very important to get treatment and rehabilitation immediately after a stroke and throughout the process of recovery. But there is also a psychological impact.
According to a new study, the impact can be quite different for a man or a woman who suffered from a stroke. Researchers found that women are twice as likely as men to suffer from severe depression after a stroke.
Depression can have long-term consequences, including a slow recovery, poor quality of life, and a higher chance of dying early.
All individuals who suffer a stroke — men and women alike — should be screened for depression. It can make a major difference.