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Strokes can cause eventual eating problems in some patients

Posted by RHHAdmin on Feb 21, 2012 9:04:00 AM

According to the National Stroke Association, strokes are the leading cause of disability among adults in the U.S. The results of a stroke can cause a number of health issues, including weakness in certain appendages, paralysis in half the body and the loss of speech.

A recent study published by the Journal of Advanced Nursing found that stroke patients who had greatly improved mobility after three months still suffered from eating problems that eventually led to malnourishment. The average age of the participants was about 75 years old, and 17 percent of them received home health care. Perhaps the most shocking discovery was that 89 percent of those surveyed were considered to be malnourished three months after leaving the hospital.

"These findings suggest a clear need for healthcare professionals to assess the eating problems faced by stroke patients when they have returned to the community to avoid them becoming malnourished," stated the report.

Since senior citizens need to eat a well-rounded diet just like anyone else. Private home care facilitators and even nursing home services can help stroke victims consume food properly to avoid the risk of malnutrition.

Topics: Health News, Nutrition, Stroke