A subarachnoid hemorrhage is a medical emergency. Immediate treatment is needed to help reduce the risk for permanent brain damage. The main goal is to stop the bleeding. Often, a doctor may do surgery to place a small clip on the blood vessel to stop blood from leaking into the brain.
Some types of aneurysms can be treated with an endovascular coil. This procedure is done by either a radiologist or a neurosurgeon. It is done with a tiny incision in your groin. A thin tube called a catheter is put through the incision into the artery in your leg. It is pushed up to the artery in your head that is bleeding. Recovery time from this type of treatment is much shorter than traditional surgery. But not all aneurysms can be treated this way. Your doctor can determine if you are a candidate for this treatment after doing an angiogram.
Part of the long-term treatment of a subarachnoid hemorrhage involves addressing any risk factors that may have helped trigger the hemorrhage. One of the biggest risk factors is smoking. If you smoke, you need to quit. Gaining better control of conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure are also important. Keeping a healthy body weight, and eating a healthy diet can also reduce your risk.