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Bleeding in the brain

A subarachnoid haemorrhage is an uncommon type of stroke caused by bleeding on the surface of the brain. It is a very serious condition and can be fatal.
Symptoms of subarachnoid haemorrhage
A subarachnoid haemorrhage sometimes happens during physical effort or straining – such as coughing, going to the toilet, lifting something heavy or having sex.
Causes of subarachnoid haemorrhage
In most cases, a subarachnoid haemorrhage is caused by an aneurysm in the brain.
Diagnosing subarachnoid haemorrhage
If it's thought that you have had a subarachnoid haemorrhage, you will need to have a brain scan in hospital as soon as possible.
Treating subarachnoid haemorrhage
If you are diagnosed as having had a subarachnoid haemorrhage, or a diagnosis is strongly suspected, you will probably be transferred to a neurosciences unit.
Complications of subarachnoid haemorrhage
If you have a subarachnoid haemorrhage, there is also a risk of developing further problems.
Recovering from subarachnoid haemorrhage
The amount of time it will take you to recover from a subarachnoid haemorrhage will depend on the severity of the haemorrhage.
Preventing subarachnoid haemorrhage
It's not always possible to prevent a subarachnoid haemorrhage, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk of having one.
'After my brain injury, there were suddenly men everywhere who I fancied'
Heather had a brain haemorrhage in 2005, which led to a personality change.