Each year, approximately 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke. The country’s third-leading cause of death in people over age 40, stroke takes the lives of more than 143,000 people annually. Of those strokes, 10 percent are intracerebral hemorrhages (ICH), which occur when a diseased blood vessel in the brain suddenly bursts, causing blood to leak into the brain. The rapid increase in pressure can cause damage to brain cells, or even lead to unconsciousness or death.
Time is of the essence to prevent and treat ICH. At the Johns Hopkins Intracerebral Hemorrhage Center, a multidisciplinary team of recognized stroke experts—including neurologists, neurosurgeons, interventional radiologists and specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation—join forces to provide comprehensive, life-saving care for this potentially fatal condition.
Using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and the most advanced treatments available, the medical team works together to identify the problem and combine the best therapies to meet each patient’s needs. Patients also benefit from an on-site neuroscience critical care unit, neurology step-down unit, post-surgical care and rehabilitation consultations.
Although some patients come to the Intracerebral Hemorrhage Center with life-threatening intracranial bleeds, most patients are referred after they've had an MRI for the evaluation of another neurological condition, such as seizures, headaches or memory problems. Their MRI instead shows an abnormality associated with a high risk of intracranial hemorrhage. These abnormalities include asymptomatic AVMs, aneurysms, cavernous hemangiomas, amyloid angiopathy or other conditions, all of which can cause a large ICH. Many referring internists and neurologists would like to have a center with the expertise to help them manage these patients—and this is it.
The Johns Hopkins Intracerebral Hemorrhage Center is affiliated with the Stroke Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview. The Stroke Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Program for its commitment to quality patient care. It also is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission.