Depression, vision loss 'common among mild stroke patients'

Posted on 03 October 2011

People who are paying for care after a stroke should undergo screening for depression and vision loss, scientists have identified.

Research presented at the Canadian Stroke Congress noted that people who have mild strokes often live with hidden disabilities including depression, vision problems and difficulty thinking.

Despite this, some 25 per cent of mild stroke patients were found to have only got as far as the emergency room when attending hospital.

"Occupational therapists, neuropsychologists or speech therapists, who typically do these types of screenings, do not usually see mild stroke patients," says co-author Dr Annie Rochette.

"Patients are told to see their family doctor, but given no other tools or rehabilitation."

In other news, slightly higher blood pressure could increase the risk of stroke, according to research published in journal Neurology.

While age is a significant risk factor for stroke, people under the age of 65 who had prehypertension were almost 80 per cent more likely to suffer a stroke than those with normal blood pressure levels.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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