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    Hemorrhagic Stroke - Topic Overview

    A hemorrhagic stroke develops when a blood vessel (artery) in the brain leaks or bursts (ruptures). This causes bleeding:

    Hemorrhagic strokes are not as common as strokes caused by a blood clot (ischemic strokes). But hemorrhagic strokes cause death more often than ischemic strokes. See the difference between an ischemic stroke and a hemorrhagic stroke camera.gif.

    How is hemorrhagic stroke treated?

    Treatment includes efforts to control bleeding, reduce pressure in the brain, and stabilize vital signs, especially blood pressure.

    • To stop the bleeding, you may be given medicine or a transfusion of parts of blood, such as plasma. These are given through an IV.
    • You will be closely monitored for signs of increased pressure on the brain. These signs include restlessness, confusion, trouble following commands, and headache. Other measures will be taken to keep you from straining from excessive coughing, vomiting, or lifting, or straining to pass stool or change position.
    • If the bleeding is due to a ruptured brain aneurysm, surgery to repair the aneurysm may be done.
    • In some cases, medicines may be given to control blood pressure, brain swelling, blood sugar levels, fever, and seizures.
    • If a large amount of bleeding has occurred and symptoms are quickly getting worse, you may need surgery to remove the blood that has built up inside the brain and to lower pressure inside the head.

    Ask your doctor if a stroke rehab program is right for you. Starting a rehab program as soon as possible after a stroke increases your chances of regaining some of the abilities you lost.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: August 21, 2015
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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