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Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

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by Kirchheimer S
 

Causes

Subarachnoid hemorrhage may be caused by:
  • Head trauma
  • Rupture of cerebral aneurysms and other blood vessel deformities
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Drug use, especially with cocaine and amphetamines
  • Brain tumors
 

Risk Factors

Factors that may increase your chance of developing subarachnoid hemorrhage include:
 

Symptoms

Symptoms may include:
  • A very sudden, severe headache
  • Brief loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness on one side of your body
  • Unexplained numbness or tingling
  • Slurred speech or other speech disturbance
  • Visions problems, such as double vision, blind spots, or temporary vision loss on one side
  • Stiff neck or shoulder pain
  • Confusion
If you have these symptoms, call for emergency medical services right away. Early care can decrease the amount of damage to brain.
 

RESOURCES

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation
http://www.bafound.org

National Stroke Association
http://www.stroke.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Brain Injury Association of Canada
http://biac-aclc.ca

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
http://www.heartandstroke.com

 

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