About Hemorrhagic Stroke


Overview

A individual suffers a stroke when the blood circulation to his or her brain ceases, causing brain cells to die due to decreased blood flow and lack of oxygen.  The type of stroke an individual suffers usually is dinstinguished into two groups: ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke.  Ischemic stroke occurs when an individual experiences a blockage of blood flow to the brain.  This blockage stems from three conditions: (1) thrombosis: the formation of a clot within a blood vessel of the brain or neck; (2) embolism: the movement of a clot from another part of the body to the brain; and (3) stenosis: a severe narrowing of an artery in or leading to the brain.

A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when an individual experiences bleeding in the brain or the spaces surrounding the brain after a blood vessel bursts.

Interesting Facts about Stroke:

  • One (1) in six (6) Americans will experience a stroke at some point after age 65.
  • Twenty (20) percent of individuals who experience a first-ever stroke between the ages 40 – 69 will have another stroke within five (5) years.
  • Stroke is fatal in about ten (10) to twenty (20) percent of cases
  • Fifteen (15) to thirty (30) percent of stroke survivors will have a permanent physical disability
  • Each year more than 700,000 Americans have a stroke, with about 160,000 dying from stroke-related causes.

5 Most Common Symptoms of Stroke:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness of the face or limbs, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion or difficulty speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is a valuable resoure, please reference www.ninds.nih.gov to learn more about strokes.