How does your neurologist identify a stroke?
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. If your neurologist suspects you’re having a stroke, they’ll perform tests to help them make a diagnosis. They can also use certain tests to determine the type of stroke.
First, your neurologistr will perform a neurological exam, testing your mental alertness, coordination, and balance. They’ll look for:
- -numbness or weakness in your face, arms, and legs
- -signs of confusion
- -difficulty speaking
- -difficulty seeing normally
If you’ve had a stroke, your doctor may also perform tests to confirm the type of stroke you’ve had and to make sure they’re giving you the right kind of treatment. Some common tests include:
- -a CT of the brain
- -an MRI
- -a computed tomography angiogram
- -a magnetic resonance angiogram
- -a carotid ultrasound
- -a carotid angiogram
- -an electrocardiogram
- -an echocardiogram
- -blood tests
Strokes occur when blood flow to your brain is interrupted. They can be ischemic or hemorrhagic.
A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when blood vessels in the brain rupture, causing blood to accumulate in the surrounding brain tissue. This causes pressure on the brain and can leave part of your brain deprived of blood and oxygen.
The majority of strokes are ischemic. An ischemic stroke results from a clot that blocks blood flow to a particular region of the brain. The clot may be a cerebral thrombosis, meaning it forms at the site of the blockage in the brain. Alternatively, the clot may be a cerebral embolism, which means it forms elsewhere in the body and moves into the brain, causing a stroke. #stroke #massivestroke #mildstroke #strokecare #specialist #neurologist #winnielimkhoo #doctor #health #treatment #care #tips #advise