Year: 2015 Source: Neurology.(2015).10.1212 Published online April 1, 2015.doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000001514 SIEC No: 20150151

We observed 220,336 stroke patients with a total follow-up time of 860,713 person-years. During follow-up, there were 1,217 suicide attempts, of which 260 were fatal. This was approximately double the rate of the general Swedish population. Patients with lower education or income (hazard ratio HR 1.37, 95% confidence interval CI 1.11Ð1.68) for primary vs university and patients living alone (HR 1.73, 95% CI 1.52Ð1.97) had an increased risk of attempted suicide, and patients born outside of Europe had a lower risk compared to patients of European origin. Male sex, young age, severe stroke, and poststroke depression were other factors associated with an increased risk of attempted suicide after stroke. The risk was highest during the first 2 years after stroke.

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