hi there ~ i'm a 49 yr old woman who has been eating paleo for about a year. some fermented dairy still, no sugar, grains/gluten, occasional sweet potatoe. two years ago i had 2 small strokes ~ total surprise of course, no family history, no high blood pressure, etc. after experiencing horrible side effects from the meds they put me on, i took myself off of them (to my doctors horror!) and started researching. that led me to the paleo diet. my question is: what tests should i be getting considering the history of stroke when i go to my doctor? i'm in canada and am looking for tests that i can get through my conventional medicine doctor. i don't have access to any integrative practitioners at this time. i have not had any testing done since starting down the paleo path. i'm thinking cholesterol, c-rective protein, vitamin D. thanks for your thoughts!
Do you know if your stroke was hemorrhagic (bleeding in the brain) vs. infarct (blood clot)? I think that makes a huge difference.
You should get a lipid panel and an LDL-P if you can get that, fasting blood glucose and Hba1c, thyroid panel (ideally with free T3, rT3, and free T4), vitamin D level.
These will help you evaluate the Paleo diet.
You may be interested in what this program/site has to offer http://blog.trackyourplaque.com/. Personally I would like to have your base levels of any of my previous tests (pre or post stroke) to assess change. I think your list is actually fine.
Have you been tested for a clotting disorder?
Unless you have one, or a clear and diagnosed cause for the clots, I don't think there is yearly tests that would be useful. My daughter had an ischemic stroke just a few hours before she was born, from a clot in a vein by her liver that traveled up. We were both tested for a clotting disorder. Other than that, with no other cause apparent, there have been no other tests (except for her other problems, mainly epilepsy).