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“Cerebral Hemorrhage, or Apoplexy, is Result of Ruptured Blood Vessel”, April 13, 1945


(The following is reprinted from the Atlanta Constitution, April 13, 1945, p. 13.)

“Cerebral Hemorrhage, or Apoplexy, is Result of Ruptured Blood Vessel”

Washington, April 12—(AP)

President Roosevelt died from what doctors call a cerebral hemorrhage, which means a sudden extensive bleeding in the brain due to a ruptured blood vessel.

Nonmedical people recognize a cerebral hemorrhage under other names, such as a stroke, or a stroke of apoplexy.

This is what usually happens in a case like this:

As people grow old their arteries lose their elasticity. They become hard, brittle. Usually, with advancing age blood pressure increases.

Sometime arteries in the brain grow harder and more brittle than blood vessels in other parts of the body.

Then some day, usually without warning, a blood vessel in the brain gives way. Blood pours through the brain, paralyzing nerve centers.

Very often people get a mild hemorrhage and recover and then maybe much later get a second, final stroke which kills. Medical men say the hemorrhage which killed the President must have been very severe.

Atlanta Constitution, April 13, 1945, p. 13.