Do I know the types of tests that the doctor has ordered?
There are many tests that can help your health care team find out the type of stroke you had, and why you had a stroke. Knowing this information allows you to better manage your health and lifestyle and reduce your risk of having another stroke.
You may wish to keep track of your tests. You can use a chart, such as the one found here, You can share it with your different doctors so they will know which tests have been done.
If you have questions about test results, what they mean for you and what needs to happen next, please speak with your doctor.
What are some possible tests I may need?
Below is a list of tests your doctor may order. Refer to the Glossary of Terms for a description of each test.
- Computerized Tomography Scan (CT scan)
- Computerized Tomography Angiogram (CTA)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA)
- Carotid ultrasound (Doppler)
- Transcranial Doppler (TCD)
- HOLTER monitor
- Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
- Echocardiogram (Echo)
- Trans-Esophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
- Blood work (e.g. fasting blood, sugar, HbA1C, Lipid profile)