Swallowing problems
This page explains why you may have problems with swallowing after a stroke and how they can be diagnosed and treated.
Your recovery from a stroke isn't limited to the time you spend in hospital. When you're ready to leave hospital, your stroke team will work with you to agree and arrange the support you need to continue your recovery at home.
Find out what to expect when you begin your stroke recovery journey.
Ischaemic stroke
An ischaemic stroke happens when a blood clot, or other blockage, cuts off the blood supply to your brain. This is the most common type of stroke.
Looking after your mouth and teeth (oral hygiene)
After a stroke, good oral hygiene can help you to stay healthy by reducing the germs in your mouth.
Coping with changes to taste and smell
After a stroke, up to a third of people find that their sense of taste or smell changes.
Changes to taste and smell
A stroke can sometimes cause changes to your taste and smell. Things can taste different or taste bad (dysgeusia) or you may not taste flavours (hypogeusia or ageusia). Some people lose the sense of smell (anosmia) or become more sensitive to smells (hyperosmia). These problems often improve over time, and our guide gives some practical tips about oral hygiene and enjoying your food.