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Wirral Stroke

Assessments and tests you may be offered

Our doctors, nurses and therapists will assess you. We will offer you and your relatives, information about your care and progress. Please ask us questions whenever you need to.


You may have blood tests, X – rays and scans to confirm your diagnosis. Some tests will be offered to everyone. More specific tests will be offered if necessary. Some of these tests can be done on the ward and some will be done in other departments. You may be advised to have one or more of the following tests whilst you are in hospital or you may be invited back as an outpatient.

Full blood count (FBC)

This test checks your blood chemistry.

ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate)

This test looks for infection, which can sometimes mimic stroke.

U and Es (urea and electrolytes)

This test looks for abnormalities in blood.

Blood sugar (BS)

This test measures blood sugar levels. Low blood sugars can mimic stroke. This will probably be a fasting sample.

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

This checks the rhythm of the heart.

CXR /Chest X Ray

This checks that your chest is clear.

CT / Computerised Tomography / brain scan

This checks the brain for bleeding and other abnormalities.


This measures the amount of fat in your blood.

Echocardiogram (ECG)

This is a scan of the front and side of the heart.

Trans-oesophageal echo / TOE

This is a scan of the back of the heart.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging / MRI scan

This is a more detailed brain scan, which may be recommended to you. You may need this as well as, or instead of a C.T. scan.
The MRI machine is in an enclosed tunnel. This can cause problems for people who are claustrophobic.

Carotid Duplex Scan

This is an ultrasound scan of the blood vessels in the neck. It will identify any narrowing of blood vessels caused by furring. A carotid endarterectomy is an operation, which can remove furring in the arteries and widen the blood vessels, improving blood supply to the brain.

Thrombophilia screen

This looks for abnormalities in blood clotting and may be recommended three months after stroke.

Test results

If you are a hospital in-patient at the time of these tests, results will be given to you there. Please do contact your stroke co-ordinators if you wish to discuss your tests or if you have any other questions.

For more information: contact your stroke co-ordinator



Tel: 0151 604 7397

Stroke Co-ordinator
Ward 23
Arrowe Park Hospital
Arrowe Park
CH49 5PE