If you experience the warning signs of stroke, call 9-1-1 or your medical emergency number immediately. The faster you get to the nearest emergency healthcare facility, the sooner you can be treated.
If you have symptoms that could be stroke-related or have risk factors for stroke, your doctor may also want to conduct a number of tests to help with his/her diagnosis and treatment. First, he/she will want to determine if a stroke has, in fact, occurred. Then if it has, your doctor will need to identify what type of stroke you have had, and what parts of your brain have been affected.
We want to help you understand more about these different types of tests to alleviate any concerns you might have. Just click on a test to find out more.
Last reviewed: August 2008.