How do treatments of swallowing problems after stroke affect risk of chest infection?
The intended outcome of this project is to find new knowledge to help guide future policy on the reduction of chest infection risk after stroke.
New systematic review into swallowing problems after stroke and the risk of serious chest infection
Type: Research
After a stroke some people have difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). This can cause a serious chest infection known as Stroke Associated Pneumonia (SAP). Published in the journal Cerebrovascular Diseases, a new systematic review of the evidence sheds light on the issue.
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.
Bladder and bowel problems
A stroke often causes problems with bladder and bowel control. These usually improve in the early weeks after the stroke, but around a third of stroke survivors may have longer term difficulties.Continence problems after a stroke can be caused by damage to areas of the brain due to stroke, as well as side effects of medication, constipation, and not being able to ask for the toilet due to communication problems. Treatments can include bladder and bowel training, pelvic floor exercises, eating more fibre, and medication including laxatives. This guide also looks at practical solutions to many day-to-day problems to help you live well with incontinence.
Bladder and bowel problems after stroke
Our Stroke Helpline Team share some practical guidance on how to manage continence issues.
Stroke and Covid-19 research update
Two years after the spring 2020 lockdown, the first results are available from a study funded by the Stroke Association and other partners into the links between Covid-19 and 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.
Swallowing problems
This page explains why you may have problems with swallowing after a stroke and how they can be diagnosed and treated.
Sickle cell disease
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited condition that can increase the risk of a stroke, especially in young children, but also among young people and adults.
Can we transform stem cells to promote recovery after stroke?
This study will investigate whether adult stem cells can be transformed and used to reduce inflammation in the brain after stroke, and promote recovery.