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Stroke (cont.)

Exams and Tests

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 hemorrhagicClick here to see an illustration.. You may also have an MRI.

Other initial tests recommended for ischemic stroke 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:

If your doctor believes that the stroke may have been caused by a problem with your heart, an echocardiogram or Holter monitoring or telemetry test may be done.

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.

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