Ruptured Artery

What Is a Ruptured Artery

Blood vessel damage is quite common because blood is everywhere and injuries to the body can damage many arteries and blood vessels at once. Even common sneezing, coughing, or physical stress can cause an occasional ruptured artery, but it is usually benign. In some cases, a ruptured artery may prevent blood from reaching a vital part of the body, which can cause may problems like aneurysm, stroke, or a number of other heart-related problems.

Smaller arteries and blood vessels are easier to rupture, but typically the rupture of large arteries cause serious health concerns.

Blood Clot and Stroke

Sometimes blood vessels break or burst from simply being weaker than they should be. Diet of unhealthy fats and bad cholesterol can cause artery plaque buildup which will cause the blood vessel to thin and weaken over time. Such blood vessels are susceptible to becoming ruptured because it takes less pressure or trauma to create the ruptured artery. Another ruptured artery and blood vessel weakness is chronic high blood pressure.

Ruptured blood vessels can occur when a clot forms in the blood vessel, especially blood vessels that have been damaged by plaque or being deformed from clot blockage. Such rupture can happen in both small blood vessels and large arteries. Dangerous artery ruptures usually occur in bigger vessels and can cause a pulmonary embolism, stroke, or other grave heart problems.

Damaged blood vessels of the neck or head are considered the main cause of strokes. When blood clots break free and travel to the brain, they can cause severe arterial blockage, depriving the brain of oxygen, and causing the death of blood vessels in the brain, resulting in stroke or death if not treated quickly.

Ruptured Artery: Eyes

Ruptured blood vessels in the eye can be frightening due to a visible red spot in the eye, but in most cases are not very serious and are relatively common. Repeated ruptured artery occurrences can be a warning sign of more serious problems.


Avoid high blood pressure and artery plaque buildup to minimize the chance of dangerous occurrences of a ruptured artery. Exercise regularly, avoid stress and keep a healthy body weight and body fat ratio. This will keep your blood vessels strong and help you avoid ruptured arteries and other coronary diseases.

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