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Stroke - Diagnosis

A number of tests are done, including:

  • Brain scan
    Usually a CT scan is performed. Sometimes an MRI scan is needed. The scan will help the doctor confirm the type of stroke and its location.
  • Blood tests
    To look for underlying diseases such as diabetes mellitus and high cholesterol
  • Chest X-ray, electrocardiogram (ECG)
    For information on heart diseases
  • Ultrasound
    Studies of the blood vessels in the neck and skull (Carotid ultrasound, transcranial Doppler), and of the heart (Echocardiogram): To detect conditions that may be predisposed to stroke.
  • Angiogram
    A small tube is inserted into the groin and passed along the blood vessel till it reaches the brain. A dye is injected and x-ray pictures are taken. These provide information on the location and severity of vessel blockage or bleed.

Stroke - Preparing for surgery

Stroke - Post-surgery care

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