What Happens After a Stroke?

The treatment you receive when you have a stroke is just the beginning. After you have recovered, you may need tests such as a carotid Doppler scan to help understand what happened and how you’ve been affected. You may also need ongoing care and treatment to prevent further problems.

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Getting Tests After a Stroke

It is common for your doctor to recommend a range of different tests after a stroke. The most common tests include the carotid Doppler scan, ECG and echocardiogram. The carotid Doppler scan is an ultrasound that measures the blood flow through the vessel that supplies your brain. It can identify any blockages that might put you at risk. The ECG is a heart test that measures the electrical activity controlling your heartbeat. It can detect problems that might affect your blood flow. The echocardiogram is an ultrasound scan of your heart. It can reveal any heart conditions that could increase the risk of blood clots, which could cause another stroke. The results of these and any other tests can help your doctor decide on the best course of treatment for you.

Treatment and Recovery After a Stroke

Depending on the cause of your stroke and the effects it has had on your health, you may need various kinds of medication. You could be prescribed drugs to prevent blood clots from forming or to reduce risk factors such as high cholesterol or blood pressure. Sometimes additional treatments, such as surgery, are needed to treat specific issues such as swelling or bleeding. You may also need some extra support while you are recovering from the effects of the stroke. You might need someone to help you around the house or with personal care such as washing and getting dressed. It can also be important to have emotional support during your recovery, whether this is from your family, your doctor, or a support group.