Falls

Unfortunately, falls are relatively common in people who have had a stroke. In addition, inactivity after a stroke can lead to bone loss, itself a major risk factor for hip fracture after a stroke. Elements that put a person at greater risk of falling after a stroke include:[1]

  • Older age
  • Male gender
  • Concurrent infectionInvasion by organisms that may be harmful, for example bacteria or parasites.
  • Having had a severe stroke
  • Previous strokes
  • Seizures
  • The use of painkillers (analgesicsAnother term for painkillers.), sedatives and bloodA fluid that transports oxygen and other substances through the body, made up of blood cells suspended in a liquid. pressure-lowering drugs.
References: 
  1. Myint PK, Poole KES and Warburton EA. Hip fractures after stroke and their prevention. Q J Med 2007; 100: 539-45.