Flashcards in Ischemic Stroke Diagnosis and Management Deck (5):
First task in evaluating a presumptive stroke pt
stabilize all vital signs
Diagnotic work up for stroke pt?
- EKG with rhythm strip
- Chest x-ray to evaluate heart size
- CBC with differential and platelett count
- Chemistry profile (glucose, BUN, electrolytes)
- Lipid profile
Head CT without contrast
Head CT scans begin to detect infarcts stemming from ischemic stroke in what time frame
6-12 hours...Thus, the head CT is highly sensitive to hemmorhage and thus is indicated in all patients presenting with stroke symptoms to rule out hemorrhagic stroke.
What type of radiological study is very sensitive to early ischemic changes due to stroke....KNOW!!!
MRI Diffusion Weighted Images (MRI DWI) to detect early ischemic change