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Stroke

A stroke is a loss of function caused by a disruption of the blood supply to a part of the brain. This can lead to brain damage and possibly death

  • Ischaemic: the blood supply/ flow is stopped due to a blood clot
  • Haemorrhagic: a weakened blood vessel supplying the brain bursts and causes brain damage
  • Trans Ischaemic Attack (TIA): 'mini-stroke‘ the supply of blood to the brain is temporarily interrupted
     

Consequences of Malnutrition in Stroke

Malnutrition in stroke has serious consequences including1-6

Increased                                                             

  • Risk of falls                                                          
  • Complications                                                     
  • Infections                                                              
  • Poor outcomes                                                     
  • Impact on rehabilitation                                     
  • Mortality                                                               
  • Length of stay 
  • Healthcare costs 

Decreased 

  • Weight 
  • Muscle strength 
  • Mobility 
  • Functional recovery
  • Wound healing 
  • Quality of life

High risk of malnutrition in stroke patients can have serious consequences

Cost: 1.5 times more costly than those at low risk (£8,718 vs £4,918)

Mortality: 7 times higher mortality rate than those at low risk (41.7% vs 5.8%) 

Length of stay: 3 times longer stay than those at low risk (48 days vs 14 days) 

References

1-6 Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party. https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/guidelines-policy/stroke-guidelines [16.03.2016].  

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