Aneurysm or Hemorrhage: What is The Difference?

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The human brain is one of the most complex existing structure in the world, wired in a manner that is still being researched. It is a known fact that the brain produces enough electricity to light up a small bulb, with impulses running inside at a speed of more than 150 miles per hour. However, such complexity has given birth to many self-created complications. As the brain is the powerhouse of the body, a problem occurred there, adversely affects the functioning of the whole body.

Like every other healthy organ, even the brain feeds on the oxygen and nutrition that is supplied through the blood vessels. When this flow of blood to any certain part of the brain is disrupted, the condition that ensues is called a stroke. In the case when the blood is interrupted due to a burst vessel or blood leak in the brain, it is called a hemorrhagic stroke. One of the major causes of this leak or bursting is small ballooned pockets of blood vessels called Aneurysms.


This information may seem like Hemorrhages and Aneurysms are pretty much synonymous with each other, while the truth is somewhat different. Here is what both the conditions mean and how are they different from each other.

What Is A Hemorrhagic Stroke?

Originating from the Greek word, Hemo, which means blood, a hemorrhage is basically ‘blood bursting forth.’ In the case of a hemorrhagic stroke in the brain, the blood vessel bursts or starts to leak onto surrounding areas, bleeding into the regions of the brain where it should not. As per researches, about 13% of all brain strokes are Hemorrhagic.

A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by several factors, most common of which are:

●    Head Trauma or injury

●    Heightened Blood Pressure

●    Abnormalities in the Blood Vessels like Weakness, Small, unnoticed bleedings.

●    Anemia

●    Hemophilia

●    Liver Disease

●    Tumors

●    Aneurysm

What Is Aneurysm?

An Aneurysm is, simply, a bulged artery. When a part of the artery wall becomes weak, the pressure causes it to bulge in the area. This event makes it more prone to bursting and bleeding. As is evident by the statement, when an Aneurysm bursts inside the brain, the situation quickly escalates to a Hemorrhagic stroke. Not only that, a person with an aneurysm has a higher chance


In the case of a burst, the person will need immediate attention. A delay or negligence in such a situation can cost the person his life.

How are Hemorrhage and Aneurysm Different?

On a fundamental level, an aneurysm is a bulge in the arteries caused by the weakness of the vessel’s wall, whereas a Hemorrhage is a kind of bleeding or leakage that occurs in the blood vessels of the brain, sending the blood in places where it should not be. An aneurysm is the onset of hemorrhage and will result in the latter if left untreated for a long time. On the other hand, not every hemorrhage is caused by an Aneurysm.

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The conditions of the brain have always been a serious matter because of its importance in keeping our body running. Cases like Aneurysms and Hemorrhages are practically some of the worst ones as they are a fight against time. To get a consultation for Aneurysms cases, head to the best neurosurgeons in Jodhpur, Dr. S.N. Mathuriya.  For enquiries related to Hemorrhage and other related issues, our expert Neurologist - Dr Kirti Sachdev is there to guide you. Consult now!