How to Survive the Worst Type of Stroke
Which technique is better?
It depends on the location and size of the aneurysm, as well as the overall health of the patient. One large study found that the risk for disability or death in patients who were treated with coils was almost 27% lower than in those who were clipped. However, the study found a greater risk for the brain to bleed again with coils versus clipping.
Intracerebral hemorrhages cause bleeding within the brain. They’re often caused by decades of high blood pressure, which can damage small blood vessels. They can also be caused by excessive doses of blood thinners taken for cardiovascular disease…or bleeding disorders (such as hemophilia).
Along with a severe headache, symptoms might include weakness, paralysis, a loss of speech or vision and sometimes mental confusion. Headache and high blood pressure are more common with this type of stroke than with ischemic stroke, but only a CT scan or MRI can provide an accurate diagnosis.
In some cases, surgery or endoscopic drainage may be helpful to remove blood that’s causing excess pressure. Next steps…
• Lower systolic (top number) blood pressure to below 140. This will reduce brain bleeding.
• Reverse the medication’s effects in patients with strokes that are caused by blood thinners. This can be done, for example, by giving an intravenous solution that contains clotting factors, platelets or other products that help blood clot.
Survivors of hemorrhagic stroke should receive rehabilitation care to aid their recovery.