Tests in the emergency room
The first test after a stroke is typically a CT scan, a series of X-rays that can show whether there is bleeding in the brain. This test will show whether the stroke is ischemic or hemorrhagic . You may also have an MRI.
Other initial tests recommended for ischemic stroke include:
- Electrocardiogram (ECG, EKG) to check for heart problems.
- Blood tests to help your doctor make choices about your treatment and to check for conditions that may cause symptoms similar to a stroke. Tests may include:
Tests you may have later
If it seems that you may have a narrowing of a carotid artery, your doctor may want you to have a:
- Carotid ultrasound/Doppler scan to evaluate blood flow through the artery.
- Magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA).
- CT angiogram.
- Carotid angiogram.
Guidelines recommend that risk factors for heart disease also be assessed after a stroke to prevent disability or death from a future heart problem. This is because many people who have had a stroke also have coronary artery disease.