A baseball player recently collapsed during a game and it was revealed the next day that it was due to a brain hemorrhage. My husband asked me what the difference is between a brain hemorrhage and a stroke. Well, a brain hemorrhage IS a stroke. It’s all semantics. I started this blog a few years before I met Pat. My muse for creating the blog was my own arrogance, thinking that I knew anything because of my medical knowledge. Since the year 2014, he has been my muse for most posts. Most ideas have come from a conversation that I had with him. He then apologized for asking that question, and asking me to explain something having to do with a stroke thinking that it might upset me. It’s cool, I like that I have a whole bunch of medical knowledge and I like being able to explain things like this, it’s the fact that this knowledge overlaps with my personal medical history that is the f’ed up part.
A hemorrhage means that a bunch of blood was found where it isn’t supposed to be. If it happens in the brain area, it’s a stroke. That’s going to kill some brain matter and that, my friend, is a stroke. So I explained it to him this way, “all brain hemorrhages are strokes, but not all strokes are brain hemorrhages.” My main stroke, for instance, was caused by a blood clot that decided to take a journey to my brain and get lodged in an artery up there. But, not to worry, I got to experience the other type of stroke about a week later when I was given too much heparin(blood thinner) which caused a brain hemorrhage. Thanks, docs. So, it’s the CAUSE that is the important thing to know. He then asked about a brain aneurysm. A brain aneurysm means that a weak blood vessel in the brain burst, causing a brain hemorrhage, which is a type of stroke.
He asked if this baseball player could have life-long consequences and disabilities like I do. The answer – oh yes, I’d be surprised if this man returns to professional baseball. He had a stroke. They are just calling it a ‘brain hemorrhage’ right now. The word ‘stroke’ scares the hell out of people. And rightly so. He said “ok, so it’s like saying that all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares.” Yep, just like that.