In the blink of an eye, everything can change. There are no warning signs to a blocked blood vessel, and the effects can be devastating. A hemorrhagic stroke, or what is also called a ruptured brain aneurysm, occurs when the walls of blood vessels are weakened, resulting in a blood-filled bulge. If left untreated, the aneurysm may rupture, causing a hemorrhagic stroke. Immediate and specialized treatment is a key element to minimize the damage, and survival depends on the expertise and speed with which a patient is treated.
The Stroke Team at Barnes-Jewish Hospital knows that time is critical, which is why they have honed treatment down to the second. They treat every stroke patient individually – no two aneurysms are the same, and each patient receives unique treatment based on their symptoms. The specialized critical care unit assigns a team to each patient and supervises the progress to help improve overall outcome. Our specialists treat hemorrhagic stroke patients with the most technologically advanced treatments available:
- GDC, or Guglielmi detachable coil treatment, is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses a small catheter to place the coil in the aneurysm to prevent further bleeding.
- Stenting uses an imaging technique to guide a balloon-tipped catheter into the blocked artery or vein, where it then inflates to remove the blockage.
To find out more about the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Stroke Center, visit us online at Stroke/Cerebrovascular Disease or call 314-TOP-DOCS314-TOP-DOCS (314-867-3627314-867-3627) or toll-free 866-867-3627866-867-3627 FREE .
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