Another death - Hemorrhagic stroke

She was only 61. Active, was not over-weight and was enjoying life with her 2nd husband. They were married 10 years.

A couple of weeks ago, she had a a hemorrhagic stroke, which means that a blood vessel in her brain had ruptured. The CT scan showed internal bleeding about a 1 1/2 in. Diameter in the center of her brain. Her husband was told it was a life threatening situation with a 10 % chance that she would fully recover. Paralyzed on her right side and unable to follow verbal commands or speak, they had her heavily sedated to allow her body rest and heal. The cause of the stroke was more than likely due to very high blood pressure that caused a blood vessel to burst. She had a history of high BP that they thought was under control. 

She passed away a week later.

Hemorrhagic stroke 

There are two types of stroke, hemorrhagic and ischemic. Hemorrhagic strokes are less common, in fact only 15 percent of all strokes are hemorrhagic, but they are responsible for about 40 percent of all stroke deaths. A hemorrhagic stroke is either a brain aneurysm burst or a weakened blood vessel leak. Blood spills into or around the brain and creates swelling and pressure, damaging cells and tissue in the brain. There are two types of hemorrhagic stroke called intracerebal and subarachnoid.

INTRACEREBRAL HEMORRHAGE - The most common hemorrhagic stroke happens when a blood vessel inside the brain bursts and leaks blood into surrounding brain tissue (intracerebal hemorrhage). The bleeding causes brain cells to die and the affected part of the brain stops working correctly. High blood pressure and aging blood vessels are the most common causes of this type of stroke. Sometimes intracerebral hemorrhagic stroke can be caused by an arteriovenous malformation (AVM). AVM is a genetic condition of abnormal connection between arteries and veins and most often occurs in the brain or spine. If AVM occurs in the brain, vessels can break and bleed into the brain. The cause of AVM is unclear but once diagnosed it can be treated successfully.

SUBARACHNOID HEMORRHAGE - This type of stroke involves bleeding in the area between the brain and the tissue covering the brain, known as the subarachnoid space. This type of stroke is most often caused by a burst aneurysm. Other causes include: AVM Bleeding disorders Head injury Blood thinners.

Download your copy of the Stroke Prevention Brochure offered from the Stroke Prevention Association.

Come on Friends, this is getting real - We may feel young - we may even look pretty good for our age  - but if we don't take care of ourselves, we could be at risk. Did you know more women die from strokes, than they do from breast cancer?

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