A hemorrhagic stroke is a life-threatening medical event where an individual's artery begins bleeding into the tissues of their brain. This event is often the result of the rupture of an artery in the brain that is already weakened. An individual having a hemorrhagic stroke may experience symptoms such as inability to move, seizure, severe headache, balance and coordination loss, loss of speech, alterations in or loss of consciousness, nausea and vomiting, vision changes, and numbness. The blood leaking into the brain tissues causes the pressurization of brain cells that results in permanent damage. A hemorrhagic stroke is diagnosed with the use of a CT scan, MRI, blood tests, electroencephalogram, and MRI angiography. The ability to recover function lost due to the stroke depends on how quickly treatment was received and the part of the brain affected.
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Emergency Medical Treatment
An individual having a hemorrhagic stroke will require emergency medical treatment to improve their overall outcome and minimize the extent of post-stroke complications. The first goal of emergency treatment is stopping the bleeding in the patient's brain. If significant pressure has already built inside of the skull, this pressure will also need to be released. Specific medications can help lower an individual's blood pressure to keep large amounts of blood from reaching the stroke site in their brain. If the patient has problems with blood not clotting properly, medications may be used to manage this issue in an attempt to control the bleeding. Sugar mannitol can be utilized in a hemorrhagic stroke patient to help move brain fluid into their bloodstream to decrease pressure in the brain tissues. Some patients who have a hemorrhagic stroke will need to undergo a minimally invasive procedure involving the use of a catheter or a long thin tube with a camera to enter an artery in the arm and place a coil or other mechanical device at the stroke site that prevents the affected vessel from rupturing further.
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