[Increased post-stroke risk of suicide]

Ugeskr Laeger. 2015 Jun 8;177(24):V11140629.
[Article in Danish]


The purpose of this work is to illustrate a possible cohesion between stroke and subsequent risk of suicide, presenting a review of the literature covering the past 26 years. 80% of the primary studies find that the risk of suicide increases post-stroke. The first five years post-stroke is the most risky period of time. Furthermore, the risk appears to be greatest among patients below the age 60 years. Recommended is attention towards these specific risks. Some of the literature show limitations due to the lack of consideration of confounders such as depression and sociodemographic data.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Stroke / psychology*
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Suicide / psychology*