Biology

Creepy Things You Didn't Know About Bleeding Out  

Laura Allan
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Okay, let's start with this: if you're squeamish, do not read this list. Got it? Good. Because we're going to talk about what bleeding to death is like.

If you've ever wondered what it's like to bleed out, we can tell you right off the bat, it isn't pretty. Exsanguination can happen in a variety of ways, none of them particularly pleasant to think about, even if they are morbidly fascinating.

All It Takes Is A Tiny Cut

Even a small cut can do some pretty serious damage. An otherwise-healthy man in Wales bled out after a broken wine glass cut him through a garbage bag. The shard made only a 1.5-inch cut, but that was enough to sever an artery above his knee.

And if you have a bleeding disorder, even something like a cut on your finger could be a major problem. You can even bleed out from a nosebleed.

You Can Bleed Out Without Seeing A Drop Of Blood

Just because you're not bleeding on the outside doesn't mean you're okay. Internal bleeding can often be very hard to detect, and may show up only as discoloration or swelling, if it shows up at all. However, internal bleeding can be extremely serious, especially from major arteries.

Internal bleeding can be hard to diagnose, and the signs (including weakness, dizziness, and difficulty breathing) are often mistaken for something else - as in the case of Ivan Massow, who almost perished after a massive internal hemorrhage was mistaken for a case of food poisoning.

You Can Drown In Your Own Blood

If you have internal bleeding into your lungs or airways, as you bleed out, your lungs also begin to fill with blood.

Meanwhile, as you lose blood, you will also begin to expire from lack of oxygen, since you won't have enough blood to maintain circulation, meaning that blood won't be delivering oxygen to your brain or other body tissues.

The End Can Arrive In Just Seconds...

How long does exsanguination take? While the time can vary widely depending on the circumstances, the short side of it is pretty shocking. If cut in the right areas, such as in major arteries like the aorta, you can lose enough blood to pass within seconds.