Forty-percent of people that suffer from a ruptured brain aneurysm die soon after because of it; fifteen-percent of those people die before they are able to receive medical treatment. Most of those that survive a ruptured brain aneurysm are left with disabilities. With statistics like these, knowing what a brain aneurysm is and what some of the warning signs are could be life-saving knowledge.
A brain aneurysm is a weak area of the brain artery that with general wear and tear (constant blood flow) becomes weaker and begins to swell. Many aneurysms that are swollen rupture allowing blood to fill up the areas around the brain. In some cases, brain aneurysms are fatal, but if caught in time, surgery can help to rectify it.
Brain aneurysms come quick and are oftentimes undetectable until a rupture occurs. Though there may be some symptoms of an unruptured aneurysm, those symptoms include:
- A dilated pupil
- Double vision
- Paralysis on one side of the face
- Droopy eyelid
Fortunately, with continual advances of modern medicine, there are now ways to figure out if you may be more likely to have a brain aneurysm. You should be screened for early detection of a brain aneurysm if you have or your family history is known to have:
- Fibromuscular Dyspasia
- Chronic Hypertension
- Use of Cocaine, Crack or Meth
- Kidney Disease
Through imagining tests, doctors treating people with the above mentioned risk factors may be able to catch a brain aneurysm before it ruptures.
A ruptured aneurysm has many more symptoms than that of an unruptured aneurysm. These symptoms of a brain aneurysm include:
- A sudden and extreme headache
- Nausea or vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Loss of consciousness
- Sensitivity to light
It is recommended that if you experience many of these symptoms at the same time that you get emergency medical attention right away, as you may have a ruptured aneurysm. If it has not yet ruptured, it will sure to follow very soon.
In some cases, an aneurysm has been known to just leak a little bit of blood. If this does occur, you might experience a sudden horrible headache. Most of the sufferers of aneurysms have agreed that their severe headaches have been “the worst they have ever had.”
If you believe you are experiencing a ruptured aneurysm, seek emergency medical attention immediately.