Brain bleeds in the elderly may be the result of head trauma, but several other factors may weaken blood vessels in the brain, resulting in brain hemorrhages or microbleeds.
If you suspect a loved one suffers from a brain bleed, please seek medical care for them as soon as possible. The longer the bleed lasts, the more difficult recovery may be. In some cases, brain bleeds can result in loss of consciousness and death.
Understanding Common Causes of Brain Bleeds in the Elderly
A brain bleed is a serious medical condition that can have lifelong or even life-ending consequences. Bleeding of the brain may occur inside the brain, between layers of the brain’s covering, or between the skull and the brain. Brain bleeds require medical treatment, and you should never ignore it.
Brain bleeds in the elderly can result from:
- Head trauma: A fall or blow to the head may cause a brain bleed or brain swelling.
- Elevated blood pressure: High blood pressure can weaken the artery walls, resulting in brain bleeds. This cause is most common with untreated high blood pressure.
- Medication: Certain medications can reduce the blood’s ability to clot or weaken blood vessel walls, resulting in brain bleeds.
- Aneurysm: Caused by weakened artery walls, an aneurysm is a bulge in an artery that can burst, releasing blood into the brain or around the membranes of the brain.
- Brain tumor: Less commonly, overgrowth of tumor cells may cause a brain bleed.
The elderly are particularly susceptible to brain bleeds due to medication, difficulty walking, and medical conditions such as high blood pressure, which can increase the likelihood of a brain bleed.
Signs and Symptoms of Brain Bleeds In The Elderly
The signs and symptoms of a brain bleed can vary drastically based on the location of the bleed, the severity of the bleed, and the amount of blood released. The symptoms of a brain bleed may be especially difficult to recognize in an elderly patient who suffers from other medical conditions.
If you see the following symptoms, get medical treatment right away:
- Severe headache that comes out of nowhere
- Seizures from a patient without a medical history of them
- Stroke due to the interruption of blood flow in the brain
- Confusion or agitation
- Difficulty with tasks such as writing or holding a spoon
- Slurred or unusual speech
- Loss of consciousness
Brain bleed symptoms may arise suddenly or present themselves slowly and worsen over time. If you suspect a loved one suffers a brain bleed, seek medical treatment as soon as possible to reduce the chances of permanent disability.
Treatment for Brain Bleeds in the Elderly
The treatment options for a brain bleed vary based on the cause of the brain bleed, where the bleeding occurs, and the medical status of the patient. A doctor will likely order a CT scan or MRI to locate the bleed.
Once testing locates the bleed, a doctor may suggest:
- Cranial surgery to fix the bleed.
- Ventilator to ensure enough oxygen reaches the brain.
- Anticonvulsants to control seizures.
- Diuretics to reduce swelling.
After brain bleed treatment, patients may require weeks or months of care to regain function. Many patients require physical and occupational therapy to relearn how to walk, eat, and complete other daily tasks.
Brain bleeds are a serious medical condition that requires swift treatment. Even when treatment is quick, severe brain bleeds can result in the death of a patient. If your loved one suffered a brain bleed while in a nursing home, you may have questions about their rights.
Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Today
When brain bleeds occur as the result of elder neglect or abuse, the at-fault party is responsible for the costs, such as medical bills, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and funeral or burial costs.
The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm helps elderly patients and their families fight for their rights and hold negligent caregivers responsible for their actions. We do not shy away from tough cases. We review your situation and determine if you have a case to pursue awards for your losses. Also, we work on a contingency basis, so you do not pay attorney fees unless you recover compensation for your losses.
Call our nursing home abuse and neglect team today at (800) 842-6336 for free elder neglect or abuse case evaluation.