Screening for Stroke
The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are usually administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.
Screening Guidelines or Tests
There are no screening guidelines for
But, there are warning signs and symptoms that can alert you to the need for additional testing to see if you are at higher risk for a stroke.
Similarly, certain heart-related symptoms (eg, palpitations, temporary dizziness) may be symptoms of
In addition, at your routine physical exam, your doctor does some screening tests to detect conditions that increase your risk of stroke and heart disease. These include blood pressure measurement, cholesterol tests, and blood glucose tests for diabetes. There are also screening questionnaires that can help predict your risk for stroke. These can be a helpful starting point for beginning a discussion with your doctor about lowering your risk factors for a stroke.
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