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Symptoms

Symptoms of a hemorrhagic stroke vary, depending on the cause:

  • Intracerebral hemorrhage Symptoms almost always occur when the person is awake. Symptoms tend to appear without warning, but they can develop gradually. Symptoms worsen over a period of 30 to 90 minutes. Symptoms can include:

    • Sudden weakness

    • Paralysis or numbness in any part of the body

    • Inability to speak

    • Inability to control eye movements correctly

    • Vomiting

    • Difficulty walking

    • Irregular breathing

    • Stupor

    • Coma

  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage When caused by a ruptured aneurysm, symptoms can include:

    • A very severe headache that starts suddenly (Some people describe it like a "thunderclap.")

    • Loss of consciousness

    • Nausea and vomiting

    • Inability to look at bright light

    • Stiff neck

    • Dizziness

    • Confusion

    • Seizure

    • Loss of consciousness

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