Brain haemorrhage


Also known as a subarachnoid haemorrhage

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What is a brain haemorrhage?

A brain haemorrhage is a type of stroke and normally results from rupture of a brain aneurysm (small bulge), resulting in bleeding around the brain.

Haemorrhages (also known as haemorrhagic strokes) can occur without warning although they can happen during physical activity, such as working out at the gym or having sex.

At Healthcare HCA UK, our neurosurgeons can prevent additional bleeds and reduce the risk of secondary brain damage.

Need to know

Brain haemorrhages can be serious and fatal. As such, they're treated as medical emergencies. If you think you or someone you know might be having one, dial 999 immediately. 

The main symptoms to look out for are:

  •  a severe and sudden headache associated with feeling sick and vomiting
  • sensitivity to light, usually coupled with neck pain and stiffness
  • double or blurred vision
  • losing consciousness or uncontrollable shaking
If you've been admitted to hospital on suspicion of a brain haemorrhage, you'll most likely need to have a CT scan to check for signs of bleeding on the brain. If the diagnosis is confirmed, you will probably need further treatment in a specialist neurosurgery unit.

At HCA UK, our neurosurgeons are experts at treating haemorrhages and helping to reduce the risk of further brain damage.
If you've been admitted to hospital with a haemorrhage, you'll most likely be given medicine to prevent complications. Most aneurysms are now treated by radiologists using techniques known as coiling or stenting, but sometimes an open operation (a craniotomy) is necessary.

At HCA UK, our radiologists are experts at minimally invasive intervention and our neurosurgeons are expert in craniotomy.

Our Brain haemorrhage locations

SPECIALIST UNIT  London Neurosurgery Partnership

SPECIALIST UNIT London Neurosurgery Partnership

78 Harley Street W1G 7HJ London
The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.