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Ischemic Versus Hemorrhagic Stroke

Stroke Prognosis: What You Should Know : Page 2

By , Caring.com senior editor
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When considering stroke prognosis, in general, people who have ischemic strokes (caused by a blood clot) have a better chance of surviving than those who have hemorrhagic strokes (caused by a ruptured blood vessel). That's because hemorrhagic strokes have the potential to cause more damage to the brain. When a blood vessel ruptures inside the brain, the bleeding not only destroys brain cells but it can result in other serious complications, including increased pressure on the brain and spasms of other blood vessels.

But there's good news for hemorrhagic stroke survivors: Studies suggest that people who survive hemorrhagic strokes have a greater chance of recovering function than those who have survived ischemic stroke.