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Creepy Things You Didn't Know About Bleeding to Death  

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 - and facts about bleeding to death are almost as distressing as looking at a bunch of pictures that involve blood. Which you're also about to do. Don't say we didn't warn you.

If you've ever wondered what it's like to bleed out, we can tell you right off the bat, it isn't pretty. The process of death by bleeding out (or exsanguination, as it's technically called) can happen in a variety of ways, none of them particularly pleasant to think about, even if they are morbidly fascinating. 

So, read on to find out more about what it's like to bleed to death - and just hope you're not the type to faint...

You Can Bleed to Death from a Tiny Cut

Just how big does a cut have to be before it becomes fatal? It turns out, a cut can be itty-bitty and still do some pretty serious damage. Even a tiny nick to some parts of your neck, wrists, armpits, or legs can be enough that it's difficult to stop the bleeding. An otherwise-healthy man in Wales bled to death 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, killing him.

According to the neighbor who discovered his body, "There were pools of blood everywhere, splattered over the door and walls."

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

You Can Bleed to Death Without Seeing a Drop of Blood

Just because you're not bleeding on the outside doesn't mean you're not bleeding. Internal bleeding can often be very hard to detect, and may show up only as bruising or swelling, if it shows up at all. However, internal bleeding can be extremely serious, especially bleeding from major arteries. You can bleed into your chest or abdominal cavity and die without ever showing a single drop of blood on the outside. 

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 died after a massive internal hemorrhage was mistaken for a case of food poisoning.

You Can Drown in Your Own Blood

If bleeding to death wasn't horrifying enough on its own, here's an additional piece of nightmare fuel: 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 die 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. That's right, you will literally drown in your own blood as you're suffocating to death. Have fun sleeping tonight. 

You Can Bleed to Death in Just Seconds
How long does death by 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 die within seconds. Getting your throat slit is also relatively quick.