What is the focus of evaluation of stroke?

Updated: Mar 13, 2017
  • Author: Hesham M Samy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Robert A Egan, MD  more...
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Evaluation of the patient with stroke is directed at identifying correctable vascular risk factors (eg, hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and smoking) and at determining the mechanism of stroke (eg, small-vessel disease, large-vessel disease, cardioembolism, dissection, hypercoagulability, or vacuities). Secondary prophylactic therapy and rehabilitation are individualized. Both hearing loss and vertigo can occur in the setting of stroke due to central injury, peripheral injury, or both.


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