Mini stroke is caused by the same underlying conditions that cause a stroke, so screening and tests for transient ischemic attack are the same diagnostic tests used to diagnose a stroke.
Doctors must evaluate the patient to find the location of the blood clot or narrowing of the artery. Once the cause of TIA is found through screening and tests, therapy can begin to treat the underlying condition and avoid stroke.
These are some of the tests for transient ischemic attack used to determine the location and cause of the episode:
- Medical history
- Physical exam
- Brain computed tomography (CT scan)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Computer tomography arteriogram (CTA)
- Magnetic resonance arteriogram (MRA)
- Carotid ultrasound
- Carotid angiography
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Echocardiography (echo)
- Blood test
The recommended screening for transient ischemic attack differs depending on the each patient’s specific condition.
If you experience symptoms of a stroke or transient ischemic attack, seek medical care immediately. Call 9-1-1.