Dr. Oz just finished talking about what to do for people who have just fainted, or someone who just had a seizure. Now he wants to talk about aneurysms, because they are potentially deadly, and more people are at risk than they realize. He says by knowing the signs and symptoms, and the difference between an aneurysm and a stroke, you may be able to save a life.

What is an Aneurysm?

Aneurysms are dilated blood vessels in the brain. They are hard to detect because they are under the surface of the brain. They are so common that one in five people have one that could burst at any given moment. Women are more at risk, and risk increases with age, beginning as early as your 30s and 40s. The blood vessel can start dilating at a young age and increase in size with age, without showing symptoms until right as it’s about to burst. When it bursts, it releases toxins into the brain, destroying blood flow and brain function. Acting quickly can repair the issue and save a life.

Aneurysm Symptoms

 The worst headache of your life could be an indication of aneurysm, but there are others to look for.
If you can pinpoint the source of your pain around your eyes, in addition to the headache, this could mean it’s an aneurysm.
If you have the sudden onset of a droopy eyelid or a dilated pupil, this could be an indication of aneurysm and it’s time to worry.

Aneurysms vs. Strokes

An aneurysm is a type of stroke. As such, you may also experience droopiness, numbness, or weakness in one side of your body. The side of your body affected represents the opposite side of the brain being damaged. If you suspect you’re having an aneurysm, do not attempt to drive yourself to the hospital. Call 911 right away and seek immediate medical attention.
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