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Brain Hemorrhage

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 (subarachnoid hemorrhage or subdural hemorrhage). A common cause of subarachnoid hemorrhage is the rupture of an aneurysm.

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 an ischemic stroke and a hemorrhagic stroke.

Brain Hemorrhage Care at St. Luke's
Brain hemorrhages are a medical emergency and require rapid treatment. St. Luke's expert stroke care team will rapidly evaluate and manage brain hemorrhages either with medicine or with minimally invasive or open surgery, as appropriate.

Learn more at full Hemorrhagic Stroke Health Topic page

Highlights & Resources

  • Blog Post

    Stroke Rehabilitation and Support Helps Patients Gain Strength and Confidence

  • Blog Post

    St. Luke’s Offers New Procedure to Reduce Stroke Risk


Related Conditions

  • Transient Ischemic Attack

    When blood flow to part of the brain is blocked or reduced for a short time, often by a blood clot.

  • Brain Aneurysm

    Brain Aneurysm

    A brain aneurysm is a weak spot in a blood vessel in the brain that bulges or balloons outward.