Hemorrhagic Stroke vs Aneurysm: Definitions
Before we get to the differences between a hemorrhagic stroke vs aneurysm, we first need to understand what these conditions are.
Here is a breakdown of each condition:
What is an Aneurysm?
An aneurysm is a condition wherein the walls of an artery start to weaken, and then bulge, or “balloon” out. Over time, if the aneurysm bulges even more due to high blood pressure and weak artery walls, it’s possible for it to rupture or pop. This can be very deadly, especially if it happens to an artery in the brain.
Aneurysms can be caused by a number of things, but the usual culprits in older adults are both high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.
Atherosclerosis refers to the buildup of cholesterol, fats, and plaque in a person’s artery. This both restricts blood flow and also causes thinning of the artery walls.
The older a person gets, the more they become prone to having aneurysms. This is because as we grow older, our arteries naturally start to weaken, and we also become more prone to high blood pressure.
However, aneurysms are not conditions that only affect older people. In young individuals, aneurysms may have formed before birth (due to congenital causes) or developed because of conditions that make the walls of their blood vessels weaker.
The Types of Aneurysm and Their Causes