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Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Symptoms

If you are concerned that you or a loved one is experiencing a subarachnoid hemorrhage, symptoms are usually noted by a severe headache, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, numbness, confusion, arm weakness, face drooping, and trouble seeing, among others. A subarachnoid hemorrhage is caused when an artery near the surface of the brain bursts, causing bleeding between the surface of the brain and the skull, which subsequently causes brain cell damage. Since less than 7 percent of strokes are subarachnoid hemorrhages, this particular type of stroke is often highly complex and requires immediate treatment from a proficient stroke center in order to limit neurological damage and cognitive impairment. 

Tampa General Hospital is a comprehensive stroke center offering care to individuals who have experienced a stroke, transient ischemic attack, or stroke-related symptoms. Because we are home to one of the largest neuroscience intensive care units in the country, our team of stroke experts are equipped to diagnose and provide complete treatment and rehabilitation services.

If a patient is experiencing symptoms of a subarachnoid hemorrhage, it can be formally diagnosed by a series of tests, including:

  • Physical examination
  • Computerized axial tomography (commonly known as a CT or CAT scan)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Blood test
  • Cerebral angiogram
  • Echocardiogram
  • Carotid ultrasound

If you believe that you or someone around you is experiencing subarachnoid hemorrhage symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately for medical assistance. Especially with a medical emergency like a stroke, time is critical, and at Tampa General, our dedicated team of stroke specialists is ready to provide treatment 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.