An ultrasound scan of your heart. This is one of the tests used to check for an irregular heartbeat, which is a risk factor for stroke. The person doing the scan will put a special jelly on your chest and run a probe over this. It is safe and painless.
This is where you repeat words other people have just said. After stroke, you may do this without being able to stop yourself.
This is one of the tests used to check for an irregular heartbeat, which is a risk factor for stroke. Sticky pads, attached to wires, will be put on your chest to measure the electrical activity of your heart. It is painless and takes about ten minutes.
This is a test that measures the electrical activity of your brain. It uses sensors attached to your head. An EEG might be able to tell if you have developed epilepsy after your stroke. It is painless and usually takes about an hour.
The blockage of a blood vessel by a blood clot or piece of fatty material or other debris in the blood stream. An embolism is a type of stroke.
This is something that many people experience after a stroke. It means that you have very strong and sudden emotional reactions and you may cry, or more rarely laugh more often that you did before. These emotional reactions can match what you are feeling or may seem to happen for little or no reason.
Feeding through a tube connected to your stomach. You may need enteral feeding if your stroke has affected your swallowing. A tube may be placed through your nose and down into your stomach. This is called a naso-gastric tube. If you are unable to swallow for a long time, you may need a tube inserted through the wall of your stomach. This is called a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy or PEG tube.
A condition where someone has repeated seizures, sometimes called fits. Seizures are caused by bursts of electrical activity in your brain. Stroke is one of many conditions that can lead to epilepsy. The seizures can usually be controlled with medication.
Surgery to restore blood flow to an area of brain tissue. It involves a healthy artery in the scalp being re-routed to restore the blood supply to the area affected by a blocked or narrowed artery.