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How is stroke diagnosed?

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At the hospital, your doctor will want to rule out other conditions that might cause your symptoms. These could include seizure, migraine, low blood sugar, or a heart problem.

Your doctor may:

  • Ask when your symptoms started and get information about your medical history
  • Check how alert you are, and see if you can't move one side of the face or you have trouble with coordination and balance
  • Check if you feel numb or weak in any part of your body
  • See if you have trouble with your vision or speech
  • Do a physical exam, take your blood pressure, and listen to your heart

SOURCES:

National Stroke Association: "What is Stroke?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How is a Stroke Treated?" "How is a Stroke Diagnosed?"

CDC: "Stroke Signs and Symptoms."

American Stroke Association: "TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack)," "Let's Talk About Stroke Diagnosis," "Ischemic Strokes (Clots)," "Hemorrhagic Strokes (Bleeds)," "Quick Stroke Treatment for Saving the Brain," "Blood Pressure and Stroke."

National Institutes of Health: "NIH Stroke Scale."

National Institute on Aging: "About Stroke."

Mayo Clinic: "Stroke."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 14, 2018

SOURCES:

National Stroke Association: "What is Stroke?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How is a Stroke Treated?" "How is a Stroke Diagnosed?"

CDC: "Stroke Signs and Symptoms."

American Stroke Association: "TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack)," "Let's Talk About Stroke Diagnosis," "Ischemic Strokes (Clots)," "Hemorrhagic Strokes (Bleeds)," "Quick Stroke Treatment for Saving the Brain," "Blood Pressure and Stroke."

National Institutes of Health: "NIH Stroke Scale."

National Institute on Aging: "About Stroke."

Mayo Clinic: "Stroke."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 14, 2018

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