Brain Aneurysm: What are the Causes, Signs and Symptoms You Should be Aware Of

Brain Aneurysm: What are the Causes, Signs and Symptoms
This was one of the least to be expected considering that the actress was young and that she religiously followed a healthy lifestyle.

The cause? A brain aneurysm. So what is this disease called brain aneurysm? What are its causes and symptoms?

A brain aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel in a person’s brain. If it leaks or ruptures, it can cause bleeding inside the brain, and therefore requires immediate medical attention and treatment.

Otherwise, it can be life-threatening. Most of the time, brain aneurysms do not rupture right away and that is the reason why it is very important that people are aware of its causes, signs, and symptoms.

There is no definite cause for this disease but some of the risk factors include cigarette smoking, age, high blood pressure, heavy alcohol consumption and drug abuse. 

Aside from these, there are also some risk factors that increase one’s chance to have an aneurysm which they have acquired since birth. Family history, especially from a first-degree relative, can also mean a higher likelihood for someone to have a brain aneurysm.

So what are the symptoms that you should watch out for?

For a ruptured aneurysm, the signs are a sudden and severe headache, stiff neck, vomiting, seizure, confusion, and loss of consciousness. But if an aneurysm is unruptured, it may not produce obvious signs but you should observe if you feel pain above and behind one eye; if you have a dilated pupil, if you feel numbness on one side of your face or if you have changed in vision or double vision.

When you observe these symptoms in yourself or in someone else, you should seek immediate medical attention. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

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