Haemorrhagic stroke

Cerebral haemorrhage, intracranial haemorrhage

What is a haemorrhagic stroke?

A haemorrhagic stroke is a type of stroke that occurs when a blood vessel inside the skull bursts and causes bleeding inside and around the brain.

What causes a haemorrhagic stroke?

A haemorrhagic stroke is usually caused by high blood pressure which weakens the arteries in the brain making them more likely to burst.

Certain lifestyle factors can increase the risk of high blood pressure such as:

  • Being overweight
  • Regularly drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Smoking
  • A lack of exercise
  •  Stress

Other possible causes of haemorrhagic strokes include a brain aneurysm which is the rupture of an expansion of a blood vessel and abnormally formed blood vessels in the brain.

What are the symptoms of haemorrhagic stroke?

The word FAST can be used to help you to remember the main symptoms of a cerebral haemorrhage.

F- Face. The whole face or just the mouth and/or an eye may droop on one side and the person may be unable to smile.

A – Arms. Weakness or numbness in one arm resulting in the person being unable to hold their arm up and keep it there.

S – Speech. Their speech may be slurred or they may not be able to talk at all, or they may have difficulty understanding others.

T – Time. If someone is showing any symptoms of a stroke 999 should be called immediately.

Other possible symptoms include:

  • Sudden changes to vision
  • Sudden memory loss or confusion
  • A sudden fall
  • A sudden severe headache
  • Dizziness

Are you affected by haemorrhagic stroke?

If you’re affected by haemorrhagic stroke, The Brain Charity can support you.

We are the only charity in the UK to be here for every one of the more than 600 different neurological conditions in existence. Individually, many are rare, but combined, they affect 1 in 6 people.

We provide practical help on all aspects of living with haemorrhagic stroke, emotional support such as counselling, phone befriending and group therapy and social activities to people with haemorrhagic stroke and their family, friends and carers from all over the UK from our centre in Liverpool.

Looking to talk to someone?

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Phone us

Contact The Brain Charity now

Our friendly Information & Advice Officers are here to help. We endeavour to respond to all enquiries within 10 working days.

0151 298 2999

Looking to talk to someone?

  • Please tell us which neurological condition you are affected by and what you need support with.

Caring for someone with a haemorrhagic stroke

We support carers, friends and family too

Are you a carer for or relative of someone with haemorrhagic stroke? It’s just as important for you to look after your own physical and mental wellbeing too.

The Brain Charity provides free support for carers, friends and family of people with any form of neurological condition, including haemorrhagic stroke, from anywhere in the UK.

We also run an additional carers advocacy service for all carers in Liverpool, regardless of which type of condition the person they care for has.

You don’t need to be a formal or registered carer

We can help you even if you don’t view yourself as a formal carer or claim Carer’s Allowance. Find out some of the ways we support carers below.

Other resources

The Brain Charity's library

The Brain Charity’s library has a range of resources on haemorrhagic stroke and on many other related neurological conditions

Visit our library to read:

Or search the catalogue online here.

Support groups

Different Strokes

Have a network of support groups across the UK and also have an online support group for stroke survivors.

Website: differentstrokes.co.uk

Phone: 0345 130 172

Email: info@differentstrokes.co.uk

Think Ahead Stroke

Offer a range of support groups and activities for those who have had a stroke.

Website: www.think-ahead.org.uk

Phone: 01942 824 888

Email: info@think-ahead.org.uk

Support groups at The Brain Charity

Stroke Friends our aphasia support group meets on Mondays from 2–4pm in The Brain Food Café.

Are you interested in setting up a support group, or do you already run one? Email activities@thebraincharity.org.uk to let us know.

Alternatively, you can check out our list of related support groups here.

Other charities

Stroke Association

Success After Stroke