Screening for Stroke
Screening is done to find a health problem early and treat it. Tests are often given to people who do not have signs but who may be at high risk for the health problem.
There is no screening test for stroke, but a person's risk should be checked at their yearly physical. This can be done with:
- Blood pressure tests
- Blood tests to measure cholesterol and glucose levels
- Tests of body mass index (BMI) and waist size
- Questions about lifestyle habits, such as eating, smoking, activity, and alcohol use
People who are at high risk may need these tests more often.
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- Rimas Lukas, MD
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