I got an interesting question from a therapist at a recent stroke stroke talk: "What is the effect of dehydration on stroke recovery?"
I said what I often say when interesting questions come up that I don't have an answer for: "Email me that question… We'll look at it together"
It turns out the dehydration is thought to be a cause of stroke.
Further, if a stroke survivor is dehydrated when they're admitted to hospital, worse recovery can be predicted. And dehydration when admitted is predictor of discharge to long-term care (read: nursing home).
So, drink up! because, more than one third of all survivors will have another stroke.
Or to put it all research-y: Dehydration is a predictor of poor outcomes including discharge to long term-care.