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Testing and Diagnostics for Stroke

Testing and Diagnostics for Stroke

The human body is a very delicate thing. It is prone to different diseases that can make your life more difficult. In this article, we want to tell you about one of the most severe accidents that can happen to you and how to test and diagnose the stroke beforehand. 

 

A stroke occurs when there is no blood for the brain. Without the flow of blood, the brain cells can suffer significant damage. Thus, it is crucial to place the human being who thinks they have had a stroke in the emergency room as soon as possible. There is a possibility that you need a clot-busting drug within the initial three hours. There are several signs of a stroke that can occur in the human. 

 

Signs of a stroke can be different for different people. The F-A-S-T test is an easy way to remember them:

 

  • Face: Smile. Does one side of your face sag?
  • Arms: Raise both and see if one droops.
  • Speech: Say a simple and easy phrase: Does it sound strange or slurred?
  • Time: Call 9-1-1 right away if you notice any of these symptoms. Note what time they started.

 

Diagnosis for Stroke

Upon your arrival at the hospital, your doctor will want to check you for other symptoms. You might have a Tube seizure, migraine, low blood sugar, or a heart problem.

 

Following steps 

Your doctor may:

  • wonder when your symptoms started to occur and get intel concerning your medical history; 
  • check your overall alertness. They will check if you cannot move one side of your mouth or can’t maintain your body balance;
  • examine for overall weakness or numbness in any particular part of your body;
  • mark any problems with vision or speech;
  • do a slight physical examination, take your blood pressure, and listen to your heart.

After that, your doctor will conduct blood tests and imaging tests to understand which type of stroke you might have. Ischemic stroke is the most common one. Ninety percent of all people who have had a stroke had an ischemic one; this happens when a clot obstructs blood flow, and a hemorrhagic stroke is when the patient has bleeding in his or her brain.

 

Test of your blood for a stroke

The hospital will conduct a full blood count. This procedure includes analysis for your level of platelets, which are cells that help clot blood. Besides that, the lab will measure electrolyte levels in your blood to find out your kidneys’ state.

A pair of tests called PT (prothrombin time) and PTT (partial thromboplastin time) check how fast your blood clots. If your blood takes too long to clot, it could be a sign of bleeding problems.  

 

Imaging Tests for a Stroke

  • Computerized tomography or a CT. Your doctor takes several X-rays from various sides and puts them together to check if your brain is bleeding or your brain cells are damaged. During this procedure, the personnel may place a dye in your vein. The purpose is to look for a thin or weak spot on an artery that can cause the problem.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The doctors will obtain a detailed picture of your brain by utilizing powerful magnets and radio waves. It’s more advanced than a CT scan and can showcase injuries before conventional CT.  
  • Carotid ultrasound. This ultrasound searches for fatty deposits that may have narrowed or hindered the arteries that supplement your brain with the blood. 
  • Echocardiogram. There is a possibility that a clot will form in another part of the body and go all the way to the brain. The heart is the most common spot for clot appearance (other than the brain). Thus, this imaging procedure looks for a clot in the heart. 
  • Angiograms of a person’s head and neck. During this procedure, the doctor will put dye in your blood, so they can see your blood vessels with X-rays. It is beneficial in finding a blockage or aneurysm.

 

Treatments for Ischemic Stroke

Treatments for Ischemic Stroke

Your physician may place a clot-busting drug called tPA in your arm. It is crucial to get these within 3 hours of the stroke. There is a possibility that you obtain it 4.5 hours later. However, the Emergency response personnel will give you this.  

The tPA is a potent drug and can cause bleeding. So if you can’t have tPA, the doctors will provide you with aspirin. It is not as effective as the tPA, but it will keep clots from getting more significant.  

The third option is to remove the clot after you arrive at the hospital. The doctor will stand up an artery to remove it from the body. Besides that, the doctors will utilize the unique flexible tube to send drugs up to your brain and the clot. 

 

What happens next? 

The number one reason for a hemorrhagic stroke is uncontrolled high blood pressure. If this was the cause of your stroke, it is essential to take medicine to lower it.  

However, if an aneurysm caused your stroke, your doctor can clamp the broken vessel closed or thread a tiny coin through it. That will keep the blood vessel from bursting the second time.

At the end of all checks and tests for your stroke, you’ll take medication and sleep through all procedures. The doctors will ensure that you are healthy and everything will be fine.

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Daneisha Johnson
Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been prepared.read more
Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well together.read more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
Steve Nabavi
Steve Nabavi
16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any cookies.read more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
Joshua Martinez
Joshua Martinez
16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going there.read more
Isabel Ivy
Isabel Ivy
21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my treatment.read more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to finish.read more
robert Parker
robert Parker
16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 stars.read more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best treatment.read more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding solutions.read more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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