A stroke occurs when blood flow stops to an area of the brain, causing brain cell damage and dysfunction. The effects of a stroke can vary greatly from one individual to another because of differences in the severity and location of the brain cell damage. Common neurological deficits after stroke include varying degrees of weakness or paralysis, loss of coordination and balance, sensory loss and difficulty speaking or swallowing. Other symptoms can include pain, loss of memory and confusion, irritability, anxiety and depression.
Your diet is an important part of your treatment after a stroke. Eating the right kinds of foods may help you feel better and get stronger. A well balanced diet helps your body build tissues that may have been harmed and also gives you energy.
How Can Stroke Affect Nutrition?
After a stroke:
Each person’s diet has to be individualized based on the type and extent of the problems caused by a stroke. Eating after a stroke may require:
Preparing Foods after a Stroke
Some examples of foods that may be tolerated well are: scrambled eggs, macaroni and cheese, stews, mashed potatoes, creamy soups, puddings, applesauce, hot cereal, milkshakes, cottage cheese and bananas.
Maintaining a Desirable Body Weight
To make sure that your weight does not become a problem
REMEMBER: Each person has certain needs depending on his or her health and medical diagnosis. A Registered Dietician is part of the team of specialists who can help you achieve a satisfying and nutritionally adequate diet according to your health needs and food preferences.
For more information about stroke and other related health risks, listed below are resources available to you:
American Stroke Association