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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


  • 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


  • 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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