How is a Stroke Diagnosed?

Diagnosis of a stroke relies on the patient’s medical history and certain tests. These may include:

  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) scan to show the flow of blood through the blood vessels
  • Carotid arteriography to show specific arteries
  • Other laboratory tests may also be done to check the patient's overall health and whether the blood clots too easily
  • If evidence shows that the stroke is caused by a clot that formed in the heart, the doctor may order a chest X-ray, ECG or EKG, echocardiograph or other heart imaging test

Good Samaritan Hospital Primary Stroke Center

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