An aneurysm — a ballooning or bulging out of an artery where the wall is weak — can wreak havoc if it bursts. When aneurysms rupture in the brain, the resulting hemorrhage can cause stroke, coma, brain damage and other problems. Test yourself to see what you know about this dangerous disorder.
If you have a thoracic aortic aneurysm, you are at increased risk for an aneurysm at another location on your aorta. That’s why you will require lifelong monitoring, even after your first aneurysm has been surgically repaired.
Keeping your blood pressure under control is important when you have an aneurysm. But that doesn’t mean you need to avoid exercise and all other physical activities.
It’s a rare occurrence, but a severe headache that comes out of nowhere could be an important warning sign from the brain that something is wrong.