Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery & Endovascular Neurosurgical Radiologists located in Englewood near Denver, Colorado
A hemorrhage is a serious condition requiring prompt care by a skilled practitioner. The team at RIA Neurovascular in Denver, Colorado, has extensive experience in determining the cause of hemorrhage and crafting customized treatment plans to help. To learn more about the role that a great neurointerventional surgeon can play in your care plan, call the office to schedule an appointment today.
Hemorrhage Q & A
What is a hemorrhage?
The word “hemorrhage” stems from the Greek word “hemo,” meaning blood. Hemorrhage translates to “blood bursting forth.” This occurs when a blood vessel ruptures.
A hemorrhage can lead to bleeding both outside of your body and internally. Neurovascular hemorrhages occur in the blood vessels in or around your brain.
One example is an intracranial or cerebral hemorrhage, which leads to bleeding inside your brain. A subarachnoid hemorrhage causes bleeding in the space between your brain and skull.
What causes brain hemorrhage?
Numerous factors can lead to a brain hemorrhage. Some of the more common causes include:
- Head trauma
- Blood vessel abnormalities
- High blood pressure
- Bleeding disorders like hemophilia or sickle cell anemia
- Brain tumors
- Liver disease
- Amyloid angiopathy, or protein buildup on the walls of brain arteries
Determining the cause of your bleeding is the first step in creating an effective treatment plan.
What can be done to treat brain hemorrhage?
Surgery may be required to access damaged blood vessels and make the necessary repairs. Surgical intervention can also lessen swelling and prevent further bleeding. Depending on the location of the rupture and the extent of bleeding, surgery may not be the best treatment approach.
Medications can also play a role in treating a brain hemorrhage. Some options address pain or control seizures. Other drugs like corticosteroids or certain diuretics work to reduce swelling and prevent additional bleeding.
What can I do to prevent a brain hemorrhage?
Perhaps the most powerful step you can take to reduce your risk of brain hemorrhage is to make overall lifestyle improvements. Don’t smoke, use recreational drugs, or engage in risky behaviors.
If you have high blood pressure, make every effort to reduce your readings. Improving your diet and getting plenty of exercise is a great place to begin.
It’s also important to pay attention to the messages your body is sending. If you experience any neurovascular symptoms, schedule a diagnostic exam to look for answers. Many cases of hemorrhage could have been prevented by corrective surgery.
If you have questions or concerns about hemorrhage, come in for a one-on-one consultation or a diagnostic workup. Scheduling takes just moments online or by phone, so don’t delay.
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