Dr. Zachary Lutsky, a board-certified emergency medicine physician in California, received his MD from the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University over 10 years ago. Since then, Dr. Zachary Lutsky has practiced medicine at such institutions as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Santa Clara Valley Medical, and become familiar with a range of subjects, such as dangerous headaches.
A severe headache that comes on suddenly is one symptom of brain hemorrhages. Brain hemorrhage refers to bleeding in the brain and are a type of stroke. They occur when an artery in the brain bursts or when blood pools in an area of the brain as a result of swelling in the brain tissue.
There are several potential causes of a brain hemorrhage, but the most common cause is high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a chronic condition that weakens the walls of blood vessels over time. This makes the vessels more likely to burst, thus resulting in a brain hemorrhage.
High blood pressure is far from the only potential cause of brain hemorrhages. In fact, any condition that weakens the arteries or blood vessels increases a person’s risk of this condition. This includes certain cancers that spread to the brain, aneurysms, and arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a congenital condition characterized by abnormal connections between veins and arteries.
While brain hemorrhages are more common in older adults, they can occur in those younger than 50 due to head trauma. In younger individuals, head trauma is the most common cause of brain bleeding. Drug abuse is another common cause in individuals of all ages since it weakens the blood vessels.