Diagnosis & Tests

The following tests may be appropriate for a stroke or TIA:

  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan of the head or a brain MRI
  • Angiogram, CT angiogram, or MR angiogram
  • Echocardiogram
  • Ultrasound and Doppler studies (to check the carotid arteries in your neck)
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)
  • Heart rhythm monitoring tests to check for atrial fibrillation or other irregular heartbeat 

At the initial checkup, a person’s blood pressure is also checked, and lab tests are done to look for high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, and blood clotting time. The healthcare provider will also check for disabilities, such as weakness, paralysis, problems with senses like vision, hearing, touch, and mental function.

Last Updated September 2020