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Stroke and Dysphagia

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Radoslaw’s story

“I’m 33 and had a stroke 2 years ago. It took me 5 months to start speaking again. I received medical nutrition products and it’s safe to say that thanks to that I’ve regained my weight from before the stroke.

My goal with my physiotherapist is to walk again on my own. You can’t give up. You have to keep going. After all, it could have been worse."

“I couldn’t get out of bed. But now, with my weight regained, my goal is to walk again. You can’t give up.”

Radoslaw - Poland

Stroke and dysphagia: an introduction

A stroke is a serious health event caused by a disruption of the blood supply to a part of the brain. Distressing for both the individual patient and the family, a stroke can result in problems with movement and balance, as well as swallowing difficulties known as ‘dysphagia’. Dysphagia affects around half of stroke cases3, and is not only an uncomfortable and sometimes painful condition, but also a potentially dangerous one, with patients at risk of choking, developing serious lung infection, and malnutrition.

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Dysphagia and its impact on eating and drinking

Dysphagia (swallowing difficulty) can lead to increased anxiety at mealtimes. The risk of accidently inhaling drinks or food can lead to loss of enjoyment when eating or drinking. Some patients will reduce their fluid and food intake out of worry; the levels of malnutrition and dehydration in dysphagia patients are high and can negatively impact the recovery process4,5. An effective and widely used way of managing dysphagia is to change the consistency and texture of food and drinks.

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The Chefs Council: bringing haute cuisine to dysphagia cooking

Texture-modified diets may be safer to eat, but can be unappetizing or inconvenient, as foods need to be blended to a specific consistency before being consumed. This is where the Chefs Council steps in. They are a team of world-class chefs and health experts, as well as patients and carers, who are working hard to improve the quality of life in people with dysphagia. Together, they created the Dysphagia Act, which is founded on three key principles: that dysphagia foods and drinks should not only be safe and nutritious, but pleasurable too. By creating recipes the Chefs Council would like to inspire and inform chefs and carers involved in dysphagia meals

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Nutilis range

Our Stroke & Dysphagia products

The Nutricia products shown from this point onwards are intended for the nutritional management of diseases and related medical conditions and therefore should be used under medical supervision.

Research into stroke and dysphagia

Our research and development in this field is aimed towards finding ever-more innovative nutritional solutions that aid recovery and improve the quality of life of stroke patients.

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Safety of swallowing

Prof. Pere Clavé Director of Academic Studies and R&D - Hospital de Mataró - Catalonia, Spain, speaks at ESSD 2018 on safe swallowing in post-stroke oropharyngeal dysphagia: does viscosity matter?

Find the presentation here (healthcare professionals only)

Dysphagia Act

We want to improve the lives of patients and carers living with dysphagia by providing solutions for safe, nutritious and enjoyable mealtimes.