Hemorrhagic Stroke Care at Tampa General Hospital

Hemorrhagic StrokeA hemorrhagic stroke occurs when an aneurysm or weakened blood vessel bursts in the brain. This can trigger severe swelling and place a significant amount of pressure on the brain, which can result in long-term tissue damage if not promptly alleviated. A hemorrhagic stroke can occur in two different locations:

  • If it occurs in the brain itself, it is called an intracerebral hemorrhage.
  • If it occurs in the space around the brain, it is called a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Although hemorrhagic stroke symptoms vary from person to person, most patients experience a sudden and severe headache accompanied by muscle weakness, total or limited loss of consciousness, nausea, and confusion. In the case of a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a person might also experience a stiff feeling in the neck and a heightened sensitivity to light.

Only 15 percent of all strokes are classified as hemorrhagic. Regardless of the specific type of stroke being experienced, it’s critical for patients to seek treatment at a comprehensive stroke center, where physicians have a proven level of expertise in treating these urgent and complex conditions. A May 2015 study from the Journal of the American Heart Association found that patients who experienced hemorrhagic strokes had better survival rates at comprehensive stroke centers, even if they were initially treated elsewhere but transferred to a comprehensive stroke center within 24 hours of their diagnosis.

As the first hospital on the west coast of Florida to earn the distinguishing national certification as a comprehensive stroke center from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, Tampa General Hospital is a leading choice for hemorrhagic stroke care.  As part of our certification requirements, we have a team of board-certified stroke physicians available to treat patients who experience hemorrhagic strokes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We treat a high volume of intracerebral and subarachnoid hemorrhages each year, and are highly experienced with complex procedures such as endovascular coiling and surgical clipping. These procedures, which are designed to block blood flow to an aneurysm, can help reduce the risk of a secondary stroke.

If you or someone you know is experiencing the signs of a hemorrhagic stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately. Ask for transportation to the nearest comprehensive stroke center.