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How does treatment differ for hemorrhagic strokes and ischemic strokes?

While hemorrhagic strokes result from bleeding in the brain, which usually occurs when a blood vessel or aneurysm bursts, ischemic strokes result when a blood clot causes a reduction in blood flow in the brain. Anticoagulants and other blood thinners are a common course of treatment for ischemic strokes. However, these treatments can make a hemorrhagic stroke worse. When a person who is taking anticoagulants has a hemorrhagic stroke, doctors must work to counter the effects of the medication with vitamin K, blood transfusions, or other blood-clotting substances.

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