An aneurysm is a serious medical condition. It’s important people who suspect they are at risk of suffering from a ruptured aneurysm that they seek medical care immediately. A brain aneurysm is when there is a weak, bulging area on the wall of an artery in the brain. This weak area can cause problems supplying blood to the brain. Many times, the weakness in the artery can go unnoticed. People don’t always experience symptoms. When the bulging wall of the artery (aneurysm) ruptures, blood spills into the skull and brain. Blood in the skull and brain can lead to a stroke.
Risk Factors for Aneurysm
There are many causes of an aneurysm.
- Family history, many patients who suffer from a ruptured aneurysm report they knew someone in their family who experienced it
- High blood pressure
- History of aneurysm (those who have had one aneurysm are more likely to suffer from another)
- Women and African Americans are more likely to suffer from an aneurysm when compared to Caucasian men
Types of Aneurysm
There are two types of aneurysms: cerebral and thoracic aortic. A cerebral aneurysm happens in the brain as described above. People who have this type often experience:
- Vision loss
- Double vision
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Eye pain
Thoracic aortic aneurysms happens in the chest. Sufferers of this type will often feel nauseous, vomit, have clammy skin, experience chest or upper back pain, and have difficulty swallowing. Both types of aneurysms must be treated by a medical professional immediately.