Vasospasm is a constriction of the arteries in the brain that can occur after cerebral hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain).

After a hemorrhage, blood can break down in the area surrounding the affected artery. The constriction (vasospasm) is a reaction of the arteries to the presence of blood products. It usually occurs five to ten days after the bleeding and can affect up to one third of patients who have had a ruptured cerebral aneurysm.

Because vasospasm can lead to stroke, it is important to treat the constriction and restore blood flow.

Inova's interventional neuroradiologists use balloon angioplasty to open the artery and restore blood flow.

The stroke experts associated with the Inova Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Program use sophisticated, minimally invasive technology and advanced imaging to diagnose and treat stroke and other types of vascular disease. For more information, call 703-776-4700.