As soon as a stroke happens, tests are needed to make sure the right emergency treatment is given. The quicker the treatment, the better the chance of a good outcome after a stroke.
Early testing will help identify what sort of stroke you have had and help guide your treatment.
Common tests when you arrive in hospital include CT brain scans, blood tests, heart tests, neurological tests and X rays.
Some questions for your doctor to help you understand these tests;
What is the test for and why is it being done?
Who will be doing it?
When will I find out how it went?
Who will explain the results to me and/or my family?
Some strokes can be treated by thrombolysis. This is a clot reducing drug treatment that aims to dissolve the blood clot with powerful blood thinners. It can have a powerful impact in preventing damage to brain cells caused by stroke. This drug treatment should be carried out within four hours of the onset of stroke, but only in cases of ischaemic stroke that involve a blockage or blood clot.
Source : www.stroke.ie