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How is a stroke diagnosed by New York doctors?

There are a number of medical conditions which, if caught early enough, can be effectively treated. One example is cancer. If detected in its early stages, certain forms of cancer can be treated in a variety of ways, oftentimes leading to elimination of the disease. However, when medical conditions like these are not caught quickly enough, a sufferer can face a worsened medical condition as well as the need for additional medical care, the onset of unexpected pain and suffering, and the sufferer may even become unable to work and live an otherwise normal life.

This is often seen in stroke victims, too. The medical field has a whole host of tests that can be used to detect a stroke, but they must be ordered when necessary, and the results must be interpreted accurately. First, a doctor may begin with a physical examination and blood testing. Here, the doctor will likely gather medical history information, ask about symptoms, and assess blood pressure. Blood testing will then analyze blood chemical levels to see if there is any indication of irregularity.

After that, a medical professional may order a CT scan or an MRI. Both of these are imaging tests that allow a doctor to better see a patient's brain. A doctor may then be able to see if the brain has been damaged as well as where the stroke occurred or is occurring. In addition to these tests, a doctor may order a carotid ultrasound, a cerebral angiogram, and an echocardiogram, all in hopes of identifying fatty deposits, damage to blood vessels, and the source of any blood clots that may pose a risk to a patient.

In some instances, a stroke can be prevented or halted before too much damage is caused to a patient. However, this requires the competency of a medical professional. When a doctor fails to order appropriate tests, or fails to accurately read those tests' results, then a patient may fall victim to a failure to diagnose. If this results in harm to a patient, then they may want to consider pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit in hopes of recovering compensation for their damages.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Stroke," accessed on June 4, 2017

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