Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) - Exams and Tests
Immediate evaluation is recommended if you have had or are having a transient ischemic attack (TIA). The purpose of evaluation is to:
Your doctor will ask you about your medical history and do a physical exam.
Tests to detect a TIA
If a TIA is suspected, the doctor may want to do tests, such as a:
- CT scan of the head, to check for damage to the brain and to look for other disease, such as a tumor.
- MRI scan, to check for damage to the brain and to look for other disease, such as a tumor.
Tests to find the cause of a TIA
Further tests are often done to identify the cause of the TIA. If blockage of the carotid arteries is suspected, you may have tests such as:
TIA symptoms may be due to blood clots caused by a heart problem. If heart problems are suspected, you may have tests such as a:
You may have other blood tests, such as a complete blood count (CBC), chemistry screen, and prothrombin time (INR) based on your age and medical history. Your doctor will use these tests to look for other causes of the TIA.