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Brain Hemorrhage: What Can Cause It? – Updated Article With Additional Information.
A brain hemorrhage is a particularly dangerous type of stroke that can quickly lead to death, or the impairment of important functions.
What happens in a brain hemorrhage?
A brain hemorrhage means bleeding in a specific area of the brain, due to a burst blood vessel. As a result of the bleeding, the tissues swell, and the nearby tissue is affected. As well as this, the blood begins to pool. This dangerous combination of swelling and pooling affects the rest of the tissue, and makes it hard for blood to reach other parts of the brain. Damage to brain functions occurs, such as vision, movement, and memory. If this process is not stopped in time, the person dies.
What are the causes of a brain hemorrhage?
There are many possible causes for a brain hemorrhage. They generally occur in people older than 50, and in youngsters they are usually a result of a physical head trauma.
A major cause of a brain hemorrhage is high blood pressure. This extra pressure weakens the walls of blood vessels which can then leak, swell and ultimately burst.
Hemophilia, and abnormality of the blood vessels can lead to bleeding in the brain. Tumors can sometimes also cause a brain hemorrhage.
The risks of a brain hemorrhage
Strokes that are caused by a brain hemorrhage can be very dangerous, but less than one fifth of all strokes are of this type. Survivors often are left with some kind of permanent brain damage, as brain cells do not regenerate.
Preventing brain hemorrhages
Medical science has researched extensively into this field for many years, but has not made any major breakthroughs regarding prevention and treatment. The research has, however, come up with a list of risk factors. Several factors have been identified that can be helpful in getting closer to cerebral hemorrhage prevention.
· During and just after pregnancy, the risk of a brain hemorrhage is much higher than normal. As a result of this, any discomfort felt in the brain must be dealt with by a doctor.
· A high consumption of Aspirin and anticoagulant medications can also increase the risk of a brain hemorrhage, particularly if you have a heart disorder.
· Certain disorders of the blood, such as sickle cell anemia, hemophilia and others have been shown to increase the risk of a brain hemorrhage.
· High blood pressure is considered by doctors to be one of the most frequent causes of brain hemorrhages. Blood pressure should be monitored, and if you have high blood pressure, it is particularly important that you avoid stressful situations, or learn to remain calm in them.
· Head protection should always be worn in any activity that could lead to a head injury.
· There is no particular method to predict if and when a brain hemorrhage could occur in infants. Unfortunately, this means that parents just have to be aware of the risks, and be ready to deal with any emergency as fast as possible
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The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Brain Health24 Sep 2010|