Brain aneurysm (also known as intracranial aneurysm) is a serious cerebrovascular disorder caused by dilation (ballooning) of the blood vessel triggered by weakness in the vessel’s walls. If left untreated, the blood vessel can burst, resulting in internal hemorrhaging and death or at least loss of vital functions.
Many people confuse aneurysms with migraines, which can be described as a throbbing pain or pulsating sensation on one side of the head. However, these conditions are completely different.
In April last year, a woman named Lee Broadway suddenly passed away. The cause of death was identified as brain aneurysm which manifested through serious throbbing migraines before the event. Lee suffered from migraines since the age of 8 and never had severe health problems because of it. In fact, her husband says that Lee told him she’s great just a few hours before her death. Eric Broadway says that his wife died from complications during the aneurysm procedure, leading to serious bleeding in the brain.
Dr. Howard Riina was moved by Lee Broadway’s story and decided to do something about it. Dr. Riina decided to educate the public about aneurysms and how to prevent them. He says that the symptoms start with a headache so severe even by migraine standards. “People who come to my office say that the pain can literally bring them to their knees. It’s a seriously painful headache which should be immediately checked by a doctor,” Dr. Riina says.
Some migraine sufferers usually experience visual disturbances known as auras which can be relieved by sitting in a dark and quiet room. However, if that doesn’t help you, you could be having a brain aneurysm. It feels like the worst headache that you’ve ever experienced even if you’ve had trouble with migraines in the past.
A Few Quick Facts About Aneurysms
They Are Rare
The good news is that brain aneurysms are very rare. There are only 30 000 – 50 000 cases per year, with ruptured aneurysms being only a tiny percentage of it.
Unruptured Aneurysms Affect Millions of People
Nearly 10% of the world population has experienced an unruptured aneurysm, which is not so dangerous until it bursts.
Unruptured Aneurysms Are Asymptomatic
As much as 2% of unruptured aneurysms burst annually without the sufferer experiencing any symptoms beforehand.
Family History Is Key
Studies have found that family history of brain aneurysms significantly raises the risk of experiencing the condition. Eating an unhealthy diet full of fat, alcohol abuse and smoking are some of the key factors for brain aneurysms, so make sure to lead a healthy lifestyle. According to Dr. Riina, unless you have a family history of aneurysms, you can consider yourself safe.
Symptoms of A Brain Aneurysm
According to WebMD, the most common symptoms of a brain aneurysm are blurry vision, a drooping eyelid, sensitivity to light, nausea and vomiting, seizures, confusion and loss of consciousness.
The symptoms of unruptured aneurysms are dilated pupils, pain above one eye, numbness in one side of the face and seeing double. If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, you need to visit a doctor immediately!
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