Blood tests

Blood tests can be done to assess whether the bloodA fluid that transports oxygen and other substances through the body, made up of blood cells suspended in a liquid. is clotting normally, and to assess the function of the heart and kidneys. It is also important to test glucoseA simple sugar that is an important source of energy in the body. levels, because low bloodA fluid that transports oxygen and other substances through the body, made up of blood cells suspended in a liquid. glucoseA simple sugar that is an important source of energy in the body. can actually mimic a stroke in some circumstances.[1]

Before giving specific treatment for an ischaemic stroke Any sudden neurological problem caused by a bleed or a clot in a blood vessel. - clot-busting drugs (thrombolyticsA medication that breaks up blood clots.) - it is also important to test the level of platelets in the bloodA fluid that transports oxygen and other substances through the body, made up of blood cells suspended in a liquid..[1] This is because it may not be safe to have thrombolyticsA medication that breaks up blood clots. if your plateletStructure in the blood that helps the blood to clot. levels are low.

References: 
  1. Khaja AM and Grotta JC. Established treatments for acuteHas a sudden onset. ischaemic stroke. Lancet 2007; 369: 319-30.