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How To Spot A Brain Aneurysm Before It's Too Late

There’s no worse headache than the one associated with a brain aneurysm.

And according to Mark Bain, MD, a neurosurgeon with the Cerebrovascular Center at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio:

“Some patients describe it as being hit in the back of a head by a sledgehammer.”

But, unfortunately there’s rarely any warning. 

That’s because according to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, there are typically no symptoms if the aneurysm hasn’t yet ruptured.1

But once it does, if treatment isn’t given immediately, it could turn fatal.

Aneurysms develop when blood vessel walls weaken. 

As the walls weaken, the vessel begins to bulge like a balloon and these balloon-like bulges can potentially burst. 

According to the American Stroke Association between 1.5 and 5 percent of people have or will develop a brain aneurysm during their lifetime. 

And once you’ve had a brain aneurysm, your chances of having another one are between 10 to 15 percent, according to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.2

Most often, aneurysms occur in the abdominal aorta, but they can also develop in the brain.

One of the biggest problem with brain aneurysms is that they’re often hard to distinguish from migraines and other types of headaches. 

Because when an aneurysm bursts, it results in an immediate and severe headache. 

And this type of headache is so similar to a common migraine many people don’t seek the medical attention they need.  

Which is one reason why severe headaches that come on suddenly, should never be taken lightly.

When Aneurysms Turn Deadly

Lee Broadway a 41-year-old woman from North Carolina was a life-long migraine sufferer. 

In fact, she’d been suffering from migraines since the age of eight. 

However, when she suddenly began suffering from what at first seemed like another migraine, she soon realized that something was different. 

Her husband Eric describes it as a feeling that something wasn’t quite right. The pain she was experiencing wasn’t like her usual migraine symptoms.

Unfortunately, soon after she arrived at the hospital, doctors discovered a brain aneurysm. Lee was dead two days later. 

Warning Signs Of An Aneurysm:
What You Should Know

After hearing about Lee’s sudden death, a prominent Neuro Surgeon, Dr. Howard A. Riina of NYU Langone Medical Center stated:

Aneurysm pain can be described as the worst headache of someone’s life.”

And because aneurysms can come on without warning, it’s vital to know these key warning signs. 

14 Common Symptoms
Associated With Aneurysms

There are a few common symptoms associated with aneurysms that you should be aware of.3

These Include:

  • The onset of a severe headache that is out of the ordinary. 
  • Extreme sensitivity to light
  • Seizures
  • Continued nausea and vomiting 
  • Sudden blurry or double vision
  • Drooping or sagging eyelids
  • The sudden onset of a stiff neck
  • Facial paralysis or numbness
  • Sharp stabbing pain behind the eyes
  • A loss of consciousness 
  • Loud noises similar to an explosion or gunshot
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Slurred Speech
  • Weakness or numbness in the body

If you or someone you love has the sudden onset of any of these symptoms they could be associated with an aneurism and you should seek immediate medical attention. 

When aneurysms are identified and treated immediately a full recovery is possible. 

So, learn how to recognize these symptoms. 

The sooner you seek medical attention the better your chances of survival and recovery. 

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References:

1. "Brain Aneurysm Foundation." Bafound.org.

2. "Brain Aneurysm Statistics And Facts – Brain Aneurysm Foundation." Bafound.org.

3. "Warning Signs/ Symptoms – Brain Aneurysm Foundation." Bafound.org.

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