Pretest – Stroke

The pretest questions will assess how much you know before you take the course. Don’t worry, there is no pass or fail, it’s just for your information. The correct answers will be provided at the end of the pretest questions.

Case Presentation

Mr T is a 45-year-old male executive. He has smoked one pack of cigarettes a day for the past decade. Due to a stressful job and poor sleep, he often makes poor food choices and no longer participates in club sports he enjoyed a decade ago. Recently, Mr T has been having occasional episodes of dizziness with loss of balance. At times, he feels tingling in his extremities that he attributes to fatigue. The symptoms worry him because his brother died five years ago from a stroke at age 50. Ten days after he experienced symptoms for the second time, two weeks after the initial symptom onset, Mr T made an appointment to see his doctor. On examination, he had a pulse rate of 80 beats/min, a blood pressure of 155/90 mm Hg, a BMI of 30 kg/m2, and a respiratory rate of 16 breaths/min.

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