Hemorrhagic Stroke: Survival Rate, Life Expectancy & Recovery

Hemorrhagic Stroke: Survival Rate, Life Expectancy & Recovery
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  • 2:36 Recovery
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Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has taught high school and college biology and has a master's degree in cancer biology.

We are going to address some of the most common questions asked in regard to hemorrhagic strokes. Information about the survival rate, life expectancy and recovery time will be detailed in this lesson.

Hemorrhagic Strokes

Can you remember the last time that you accidentally cut yourself or scraped your knee? This likely sliced a blood vessel, and you started to bleed. It probably bled for a little bit and then stopped. You put some type of antibiotic ointment on it and a bandage. After that, you probably didn't have any other problems or think twice about it.

There are places in the body, however, where bleeding is more problematic, and it may not stop on its own. One place where bleeding can really wreak havoc is in the brain.

When arteries in your brain bleed or rupture, then a hemorrhagic stroke occurs. This is a very dangerous and often fatal occurrence. The loss of blood supply and accumulation of blood on and surrounding the brain leads to the death of brain tissue and brain tissue damage.

Survival Rate & Life Expectancy

Although these are so deadly, there are some people that live through hemorrhagic strokes. The estimated survival rate for hemorrhagic strokes is around 26.7%. If you think about it, that is basically 1 in every 4 people that have a hemorrhagic stroke. It is believed that a survival rate for diseases and conditions is life after 5 years after the stroke occurred or longer. The percentage of people that are alive after the first few years is a little higher, but most people die not long after the stroke occurs. Most often, this happens within days or weeks after the stroke. The good news is that earlier emergency treatment is helping to make the odds of survival a little better.

One of the hardest things to determine about a hemorrhagic stroke is the life expectancy. There are many factors that come into play when it comes to living after a hemorrhagic stroke. First, your overall state of health is very crucial. Other medical conditions or diseases may make it more difficult to live if adding a hemorrhagic stroke and its effects to a pre-existing condition make life even more difficult.

How quickly you receive treatment and how well you follow the treatment also has a lot to do with how much longer you live. The sooner treatment is received, the longer you are likely to live. Similarly, adhering to the lifestyle changes and prescribed therapies can increase life expectancy after the stroke.

Living in an environment where you have assistance and someone to help you catch early warning signs of another stroke is another key factor. Many people who have one stroke, will often have another stroke within the next couple of years. Subsequent strokes are usually harder to survive since even more of the brain is damaged after a second stroke.


The next thing that may cross your mind about hemorrhagic strokes is how long it takes to recover. That is yet another tricky question. There is a large number of people who don't fully recover. As a matter-of-fact, less than 10% of people that have hemorrhagic strokes completely recover from them. The most likely recovery outcome is that there will be some amount of disability that will exist for the remainder of your life.

The recovery process will include long-term therapy to include physical, speech, and occupational.

You will also spend time working with a language pathologist to help you communicate verbally again. These functions will return to a certain extent with therapy, but assistive devices, such as canes for walking, may still be needed throughout recovery.

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