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Intracerebral Hemorrhage Care Provided at Tampa General Hospital

Doctor taking notes on her clipboard An intracerebral hemorrhage is a type of stroke that occurs when a blood vessel or aneurysm bursts inside the brain. As the blood collects into a clot (called a hematoma), it places increased pressure on the surrounding brain tissue. This is known as intracranial pressure, and must be immediately alleviated to avoid long-term brain damage. The hematoma itself must also be removed, as dying blood cells release compounds that can further damage the surrounding tissues. An intracerebral hemorrhage can occur anywhere in the brain, but often takes place in the cerebrum – the part of the brain that controls cognitive function, fine motor control, eye movement, and procedural learning. When this part of the brain is damaged, it can cause problems with vision and balance, comprehension, language skills, and coordination, and patients will typically need help re-learning skills that were lost as a result of the stroke. No matter where the hemorrhage develops - patients will need to seek immediate treatment - preferably at a comprehensive stroke center that is equipped to identify and halt the bleeding before additional damage occurs. At Tampa General Hospital – a state-designated comprehensive stroke center and the first hospital on the west coast of Florida to receive national accreditation as a comprehensive stroke center by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program – patients who are admitted with an intracerebral hemorrhage receive care from a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team of medical professionals, including:
  • Vascular neurologists
  • Neuroradiologists
  • Neurointerventionalists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Vascular surgeons
  • Critical care physicians
  • Emergency department physicians
  • Rehabilitation physiatrists
  • Nurse practitioners and registered nurses
  • Physical therapists and occupational therapists
  • Social workers and care coordinators
  • Pharmacists

Through our stroke program, we provide a comprehensive range of treatments, including emergency interventions, surgical procedures to reduce the risk of re-bleeding, and rehabilitation services to assist with recovery. Additionally, we operate one of the largest neuroscience intensive care units in the country, with intracerebral hemorrhage care available 24/7. If you think you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of an intracerebral hemorrhage or other type of stroke - call 9-1-1 and ask to be taken to your nearest comprehensive stroke center.