Causes and treatments for subarachnoid haemorrhage

There are several different causes for a subarachnoid haemorrhage.  In order to diagnose the cause of the bleed the neurosurgeons will request a cerebral angiogram. This will enable the doctors to visualise the blood vessels in your head and neck, allowing them to see if there is any abnormality, and if so, its size, location within the brain and the blood vessels involved. 

Your treatment will be decided on by your consultant, in discussion with the neuroradiologist, and will also depend on, amongst other factors, the results of the angiogram.  Treatment aims to reduce the chances of another haemorrhage occurring from the same site in the future.

When a patient is in hospital, the aim is to promote rest, and control any pain and nausea. We will need to closely observe blood pressure and the patient's neurological state.