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Diagnosing and Managing a Mini-Stroke

Making a Diagnosis

As part of diagnosing a mini-stroke, the healthcare provider will usually ask a number of questions (including questions about the patient's medical history and symptoms) and perform a physical exam. If the healthcare provider believes that a person has had a mini-stroke, he or she may order additional tests to look for possible causes of a mini-stroke or to rule out other conditions that can cause symptoms similar to those seen with a mini-stroke.
These tests may include:
  • Blood tests (such as tests looking for high cholesterol or diabetes)
  • Computed tomography scan (CAT scan or CT scan)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Carotid Doppler ultrasound
  • Carotid arteriography
  • Cerebral angiography (also known as a cerebral angiogram, cerebral arteriogram, or digital subtraction angiography)
  • Magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA) or functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
  • Transcranial Doppler
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Echocardiogram
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Electroencephalography (EEG).
(Click TIA Diagnosis for more information about the steps involved in diagnosing a mini-stroke.)

Treatment Options

Research has shown that people who get treatment for a mini-stroke can significantly decrease their chances for a stroke.
Treatment for a mini-stroke may involve the following:
(Click Mini-Stroke Treatment for more information on these treatment options for a mini-stroke.)
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