Dr Oz did a segment called Dead Before Your Time: Can You Prevent An Unexpected Killer? The unexpected killer Doctor Oz is referring to are Brain Aneurysms. If you are a woman between the ages of 30 and 65, you must read this and pass it on to everyone you know. When a Brain Aneurysm hits, it feels like an ice pick is piercing through your skull, your vision blurs, you get paralyzing nausea and vomiting, and often you will lose consciousness for the last time and die. Nobody is immune to Aneurysms. Nearly 30,000 people suffer from a Ruptured Brain Aneurysm every year, and almost half of them do not survive. Women are twice as likely to get Aneurysms as men, and 1 in 50 people have an Aneurysm right now. Every 18 minutes, someone’s Brain Aneurysm ruptures, so please read this and spread the word so that we can save lives!
Dr Oz: What is a Brain Aneurysm?
Dr Oz was joined by Dr Carolyn Brockington, a Vascular Neurologist, who said that if you look at an artery as a tube, an Aneurysm is a weakened area in the tube. As pressure builds in the artery, the weak area fills up like a balloon until it is full of blood and eventually ruptures, causing blood to go all over your brain which is toxic. Aneurysm are often deep inside the brain, and so they are not easy to find or to get to. You can be just walking outside and lean over, strain yourself, or get mad, and the extra pressure in your can make the Aneurysm explode and damage neurons all around it.
Dr Oz: Aneurysm Symptoms
Dr Oz said that the number one symptom of an Aneurysm is that it is the worst headache of your life. Some other things to look for according to Dr Brockington is for a sudden and very severe headache. If you notice any of these Brain Aneurysm Symptoms, go to the Emergency Room right away and ask for a brain scan so that they can figure out what is going on and how to fix it.
Dr Oz: Brain Aneurysm Stories
Dr Oz had three guests on his show who have been touched by Aneurysm in one way or another. Brenda was 6 months pregnant and was about to get into the shower when she had a tremendous headache and rushed to the hospital. They were able to save her and clamp the Aneurysm at the hospital, and so she and her baby were saved. Dr Oz’s second guest lost her sister named Cindy who was in her 30′s and very physically fit (running marathons and even working as a personal trainer). Cindy had a Brain Aneurysm while riding her bike (perhaps due to hitting a tree) and unfortunately she passed away. Dr Oz’s third guest, Jennifer, said she was getting a MRI for something completely unrelated when they found a Brain Aneurysm. Her doctor said that it is too tiny at this point and that it was not worth going after it yet. She was more panicked when she first got the diagnosis, but now she is hopeful that everything will be ok since her doctor is watching it closely.
Dr Oz: Brain Aneurysm Risks
Not all Aneurysm require treatment, but some factors that doctors look at in making a decision are the following:
- your age
- your medical history
- the size (the bigger, the more dangerous it can be)
- morphology (irregular shapes are more dangerous)
- the location (certain places are harder to get to and can cause more damage than the rupture itself would cause).
To reduce your risk of having a Brain Aneurysm, you should lower High Blood Pressure because Hypertension can increase your risk of having an Aneurysm rupture. Also, stop smoking if you smoke, because new research shows that smoking can ignite an explosion of a Brain Aneurysm.