Hemorrhagic Stroke Treatment at Tampa General Hospital
Hemorrhagic stroke treatment requires a significant amount of expertise. Physicians must not only be able to promptly locate the hemorrhage and stop the bleeding, but they also must alleviate the pressure and swelling that can cause long-term brain damage. In many cases, physicians must also provide secondary care (after initial stabilization is complete) to address an aneurysm or vascular malformation (abnormal cluster of blood vessels) that could lead to another stroke. Furthermore, because hemorrhagic strokes represent less than 15 percent of all stroke diagnoses, it’s essential to be treated by a physician who is experienced in managing their unique complications.
Due to the complex nature of hemorrhagic stroke treatment, patients are often advised to go to a comprehensive stroke center. To earn this designation, hospitals must demonstrate excellence in the field of hemorrhagic stroke treatment by:
- Having a designated stroke team on site 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- Treating a certain number of hemorrhagic stroke patients each year
- Having a dedicated intensive care unit with neurocritical capabilities, as well as advanced diagnostic imaging technologies
- Providing or coordinating rehabilitative care for survivors
- Participating in research to advance techniques in stroke prevention, diagnosis, and treatment
Tampa General Hospital is one of the first state-designated comprehensive stroke centers in Florida, and has also earned Comprehensive Stroke Certification, the highest national designation, from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program. As a result, we are a leading destination for hemorrhagic stroke treatment. Our team has extensive expertise providing emergency interventions, follow-up care, and even rehabilitation services to patients with intracerebral and subarachnoid hemorrhages. Additionally, we specialize in the complex procedures used to repair abnormalities associated with a hemorrhagic stroke, including:
- Surgical clipping, in which a clamp is placed at the base of an aneurysm to stop blood flow and prevent the aneurysm from re-bleeding or bursting
- Surgical arteriovenous malformation (AVM) removal, in which an abnormal connection between an artery and a vein is removed to reduce the risk of a rupture
- Stereotactic radiosurgery, in which radiation is used to repair a vascular malformation
- Coiling, in which a coils are inserted into an aneurysm to cut off blood flow
- Intracranial bypass, in which surgery is performed to increase blood flow to a specific area of the brain or to repair an aneurysm
If you think you or someone you know is experiencing a hemorrhagic stroke, seek treatment immediately by calling 9-1-1.