News from IMIM
Researchers at the Hospital del Mar and Esperanza have shown that inspiratory and expiratory muscle training during 3 weeks in patients who have recently suffered a stroke is effective in reducing future respiratory complications. It is common for the respiratory muscles to be affected after stroke. This along with impaired swallowing carries an increased risk of aspiration pneumonia, and therefore, longer hospitalization and increased mortality risk.
"Rehabilitation after stroke includes sessions of physical therapy, occupational therapy and therapy for speech and swallowing disorders, in order to facilitate the patient's daily activities, mobility and communication skills therapy; but so far the rehabilitation process did not include any specific respiratory training" says Ester Marco, medical doctor at the rehabilitation service at Hospital del Mar and Esperanza and researcher at the research group on Rehabilitation of the IMIM.
IMIM news (in Spanish)
“Inspiratory and expiratory muscle training in subacute stroke. A randomized clinical trial” Monique Messaggi-Sartor, Anna Guillen-Solà, Marina Depolo, Esther Duarte, Diego A. Rodríguez, Maria-Camelia Barrera, Esther Barreiro, Ferran Escalada, Mauricio Orozco-Levi, Ester Marco. Neurology 2015;85:1–9