Causes of Hemorrhage, Cerebral Brain Hemorrhage, Postpartum Hemorrhage

A hemorrhage means that a significant amount of blood is escaping from your circulation in an unhealthy or life threatening way. This bleeding can be internal or external.

The most obvious external hemorrhaging route being a break to the skin and a blood vessel caused by an injury. However, your skin is not the only avenue for which blood emerges. Some other hemorrhage exit modes are demonstrated via these health conditions:

When hemorrhaging blood has no way out, it seeps into the surrounding tissue. Sometimes causing significant damage, as very often is the case with a cerebral brain hemorrhage or retinopathy.

An injury is the predominant cause for blood to hemorrhage. Yet, numerous other health related conditions can give rise to hemorrhaging:

Slow hemorrhaging can lead to anemia, whereas a large loss of blood can cause shock.

A brain hemorrhage, aka cerebral hemorrhage, is bleeding in your brain. It’s a type of stroke that causes cerebral edema and a hematoma. Both of which cause brain cell death because of their interference with vital blood flow.

The various locations for a brain hemorrhage to occur are:

  • inside your brain itself ~ intracerebral hemorrhage
  • your brain’s covering layers ~ subdural hemorrhage
  • between your skull and brain covering ~ epidural hemorrhage
  • between your brain and its membrane covering ~ subarachnoid hemorrhage

Symptoms of a brain hemorrhage can vary depending on the severity and where the bleeding takes place. Generally, a cerebral hemorrhage may cause some combination of these symptoms:

These symptoms can develop suddenly or slowly worsen over time.

There are several causes or health conditions that increase your risk of having a cerebral hemorrhage, like:

And the use of cocaine, amphetamines and alcohol are believed to have some association with causing cerebral hemorrhages.

Postpartum hemorrhage means you have excessive bleeding following childbirth. This bleeding might happen before or after the placenta’s delivery.

The primary cause of a postpartum hemorrhage is your uterus doesn’t contract strongly enough after delivery, so uterine blood vessels bleed unrestricted. An excessive and rapid blood loss from postpartum hemorrhaging can cause severe hypotension, which can lead to shock, or even death, if left untreated.

Most often postpartum hemorrhaging transpires soon after delivery, but not always. Some cases of late postpartum hemorrhage demonstrate that this health issue may arise over a month later.

Primary focus of treatment for any hemorrhage starts with putting a stop to your excessive bleeding. This may involve:

  • hysterectomy
  • blood transfusion
  • drugs to lower blood pressure
  • surgical repair of blood vessels
  • blood vessel clamping, tying off
  • blood factors to help the blood to clot
  • blood collection removal to lower brain hemorrhage caused pressure

A healthy diet, regular exercise, cutting back on salt intake and maintaining a healthy weight are all beneficial lifestyle practices to reduce your risk of a hemorrhage. Also, reducing high blood pressure and good control of diabetes are important as well, if that is your case.

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