Thrombocyte Aggregation Test?
We are 40 years old planning to do an early medical check-up with a type of testing to detect strokes or high blood pressure.
Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. Platelet aggregation test, is a test that is done to assess how well the platelet's ability or pieces of blood in your body to clot. This clot is basically good and necessary, to stop the ongoing bleeding. If platelet levels are low or clotting is not good, then when injured, the person will continue to bleed, even though the wound is small. The analogy is like a balloon that can be deflated if there is any small hole that is not patched.
So, this test is usually done on those who show signs of bleeding, such as frequent nosebleeds, often bleeding gums, red spots on the body, and of course, the bleeding is difficult to stop when there is an injury.
As for the occurrence of a stroke, usually the level of clot is high. And even then only in the type of stroke blockage, not a bleeding stroke. Therefore what we want to say, the platelet aggregation test is not the right test to find out if you are having a stroke or whether you have a high risk of stroke.
If you want to find out if you have a high risk of stroke, among the factors that can increase the risk are:
Obesity or being overweight
Have high cholesterol levels
Have a history of high blood pressure
Have a family history of stroke
Have heart disease
Underwent treatment with blood-thinning medication
By assessing these risk factors alone, you can find out whether you have a high risk of stroke, and whether there is a possibility that there is now a process of narrowing of the arteries that can lead to a stroke. Meanwhile, to find out if you are currently having a stroke or not, in contrast to cholesterol and high blood pressure, the sufferer can not feel any symptoms but the results are high, a stroke sufferer must feel that he has a stroke. Symptoms of a stroke include weakness in one side of the body, slurred speech, or one side of the face down. Therefore, stroke sufferers must know that there is something wrong with them and it is not possible to be in good condition.
While for high blood pressure is the same, you can simply be measured with a blood pressure gauge as much as 3x at different times, and if the results are above normal or above 140/90 mmHg, then you are said to have high blood pressure or hypertension, there is no need to test platelet aggregation.
So our advice, you just have to undergo an ordinary medical check-up, and if there are abnormal results, or if you have something to ask specifically about the stroke and blood pressure, you can discuss with the doctor who checked you in, or consult an internist. So, hopefully answering your question.