Other Diagnostic Tests

• A CTscan of the head will reveal an area of hyperintensity (white) identifying that a hemorrhage has occurred. The CTscan will either be normal or hypointense (dark) in an area where an infarction has occurred. It may take 24 hours (and rarely longer) to reveal the area of infarction on a CTscan.

• MRI of the head will reveal areas of ischemia earlier and with better resolution than a CTscan. Diffusion-weighted imaging can reveal an evolving infarct within minutes.

• Carotid Doppler studies will determine whether the patient has a high degree of stenosis in the carotid arteries supplying blood to the brain (extracranial disease).

• The ECG will determine whether the patient has atrial fibrillation, which is a major risk factor for stroke.

• A transthoracic echocardiogram will identify whether there are heart valve abnormalities or problems with wall motion resulting in emboli to the brain.

Short-term treatment goals for hemorrhagic stroke include rapid neurointensive care treatment to maintain adequate oxygenation, breathing, and circulation. Management of increased ICP and blood pressure (BP) are important in the acute setting. Long-term management includes prevention of complications and prevention of a recurrent bleed and delayed cerebral ischemia.

Prevention of long-term disability and death related to the stroke are important regardless of stroke type.

Reducing Blood Pressure Naturally

Reducing Blood Pressure Naturally

Do You Suffer From High Blood Pressure? Do You Feel Like This Silent Killer Might Be Stalking You? Have you been diagnosed or pre-hypertension and hypertension? Then JOIN THE CROWD Nearly 1 in 3 adults in the United States suffer from High Blood Pressure and only 1 in 3 adults are actually aware that they have it.

Get My Free Ebook


Post a comment