A hemorrhagic stroke develops when a blood vessel (artery) in the brain leaks or bursts (ruptures). This causes bleeding:
- Inside the brain tissue (intracerebral hemorrhage).
- Near the surface of the brain (Reference subarachnoid hemorrhage Opens New Window or Reference subdural hemorrhage Opens New Window). A common cause of subarachnoid hemorrhage is the rupture of an Reference aneurysm Opens New Window.
Hemorrhagic strokes are not as common as strokes caused by a blood clot (ischemic strokes). But hemorrhagic strokes cause death more often than ischemic strokes. See the difference between Reference an ischemic stroke and a hemorrhagic stroke Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 7, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation