Hemorrhagic Strokes and Treatment
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A hemorrhagic stroke is caused when a blood vessel bursts and blood spills into the brain.
The spill causes increased pressure and swelling, resulting in damage to the brain.
Quick treatment is essential to saving a person’s life.
Hemorrhagic strokes happen less often than ischemic strokes.
Diagnosing Hemorrhagic Strokes
Diagnostic tests such as CT and CTA scans can help identify the source of bleeding.
- A CT scan shows the location and size of the blood, as well as any brain swelling.
- CTA scans examine the brain’s blood vessels for a possible malformation.
Treating Hemorrhagic Strokes
Bleeding (hemorrhagic) strokes are treated with medications to control blood pressure and reduce swelling in the brain. Some bleeding strokes may be treated with surgery.
A treatment plan may also include:
- Blood pressure control
- Blood thinner medication
- Lifestyle changes
- Physical rehab
- Smoking cessation
- Speech rehab