Understanding the Warning Signs of an Aneurysm

Aneurysms are a serious health condition that if not treated, can lead to stroke, coma or even death. An aneurysm is caused by a weakened area of a blood vessel that has become widened. The area will form a blood filled bulge that will continue to grow.  As the bulge grows larger is will cause the blood vessel to become weaker and can cause a decrease in blood flow. When the aneurysm becomes too large it can burst or rupture. This is what will cause the serious health problems to happen.

Knowing what the symptoms of aneurysms are can help you prevent the serious problems from occurring. The symptoms may vary by location and severity of the aneurysm, but you are likely to experience some of these symptoms. When the aneurysm is unruptured, the symptoms will be harder to find. In fact, sometimes you will notice no symptoms at all. The possible symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, short-term memory loss, loss of balance and pulsating sensation. Fatigue is the most common symptom of aneurysms that have not ruptured. This is due to the lack of blood flow. The blood transports oxygen to the organs and tissues and with a reduced amount of oxygen, the body will become fatigued and anemia symptoms may also occur. This is more common for brain aneurysms. Pulsating sensations are common for abdominal aneurysms. The pulsing will be in the abdomen and lower back.

Symptoms of aneurysms that have ruptured are easier to notice. This is due to the fact that they are more severe and usually more painful. Sudden, severe headache is a common symptom of aneurysms that have ruptured. Usually, the aneurysm will be in the brain. When the aneurysm ruptures, there will be bleeding in the brain and a lack of blood flow. Severe abdominal pain that radiates through the back and legs is a symptom of aneurysms that have ruptured in the abdomen. Other symptoms of aneurysms that have ruptured include stiff neck or neck pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness, shortness of breath, sensitivity to light and dilated pupils.

If aneurysms are not treated they can lead to serious health conditions. If you know what the symptoms of aneurysms are you may be able to prevent this from happening. If you experience any of these symptoms seek medical attention immediately.

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