Screening for Stroke
The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.
There is no screening test for stroke, but your annual physical should provide an assessment of your stroke risk. Assessment of stroke risk includes:
- Blood pressure measurements
- Blood tests to measure cholesterol and glucose levels
- Body weight checks, such as checking your body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference
- Questions about your lifestyle habits, such as eating, smoking, exercise, and alcohol use
If you are at high risk for having a stroke, your doctor may want to complete tests on a more frequent basis.
- Rimas Lukas, MD
- Reviewed: 12/2013
- Updated: 06/17/2014
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