Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Type of Stroke Requires Emergency Care

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A subarachnoid hemorrhage is bleeding in an area surrounding the brain. This type of hemorrhagic stroke is often caused by a brain aneurysm that ruptures. Like all strokes, subarachnoid hemorrhages can be devastating and deadly. Call 911 immediately if you’re experiencing an unusual, severe headache (often described as the worst headache of your life) or any other signs of stroke.

With quick surgical intervention, expert intensive care, and comprehensive follow-up treatment, Duke neurologists, neurosurgeons, and others work to reduce deficits and prevent severe complications like paralysis and coma.