Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Complications of Stroke

Literature continues to identify the following complications as experienced by many clients post stroke:

  • falls and potential for falls resulting in hip fractures 
  • fatigue & depression  
  • nocturnal hypoxia 
  • potential development of pneumonia  from immobility and dysphagia 
  • pressure ulcers 
  • shoulder pain 
  • spasticity/contractures 
  • urinary tract infections 
  • venous thromboembolism 
Chronic Disease
Stroke Assessment Across the Continuum of Care
Point of Care Resources