Family History of Brain Hemorrhages
My dad (52) suffered a left side brain hemorrhage exactly one month ago. I'm very glad to say he is currently improving well. Two days after it initially happened the bleeding got worse and we were prepared for the worst, but luckily the doctors performed surgery and it probably saved his life.
He is improving quite well after 30 days, in terms of movement, mental capacity, and speech. But there is a long way to go.
Going through this ordeal has made me aware of some family history, and unfortunately on my dad's side there is a history of brain hemorrhages.
His father was finished off by one in his 50s. Also on his father's side, two of his father's sibling's children were killed by hemorrhages. My dad's brother is having some issues with slight blood clots, but nowhere near as bad as my dad's condition.
Am I right to assume that I will be at a higher risk of having a hemorrhage as well at some stage in my life, especially from maybe 40 onwards? I am currently 24 years old.
I guess there's not too much I can do, except to carefully monitor my blood pressure and stay healthy?
The doctors think it was un-diagnosed high blood pressure that caused the stroke. My dad's blood pressure at the time of the stroke was 195/100.
My dad's brother also suffers from high blood pressure.
So if it's high blood pressure, does it mean that I'm not very likely to suffer a stroke if I keep it under control?
I'm extremely glad that my dad's ok and recovering. But of course finding out all this makes me worried.
Would really appreciate some advice.
Thanks for your time.