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Nutrition and diet
Stroke support site

Nutrition is critical in the management and treatment of patients who have suffered a stroke. Often, we do not consider our nutritional status until an event has occurred which highlights its importance. Such is often the case for patients following a stroke. A person’s nutritional status can directly impact on functional status and future quality of life. Malnourished patients with acute stroke have increased frequency of infections and pressure sores compared with adequately nourished patients. Malnutrition is also associated with a worse outcome and slower rate of recovery from stroke.

Added to this are the complications that can arise as a result of a stroke, some of which can create further difficulties in meeting nutritional requirements such as mechanical feeding difficulties and swallowing problems. More information about swallowing can be found in the Speech and Language Therapy section of this website.

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