Many tests are used to find the cause(s) of the stroke, measure how bad the stroke is and make decisions about how to treat it. You may have one of more of the following tests.
These are used to look for stroke risk factors or conditions that may have led to the stroke. Blood tests are done to look at:
These tests are done to find out what is causing your problems with swallowing, moving your mouth, coughing or choking on food or drinks.
These are done to find the area of the brain affected by the stroke, make an early prognosis and rule out other medical conditions.
Heart problems can be linked to strokes. You are at risk of stroke if you have atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat), have had a heart attack or if you have an artificial heart valve.
There are five tests used to check your heart.
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