An aneurysm is a weak spot or thin point on a blood vessel in the brain that bulges after filling with blood. Aneurysms come with the danger of rupturing, which leads to the brain filling with blood. This is a life-threatening occurrence that does not always accompany an aneurysm. One can have an aneurysm and not even realize it, especially if it stays small and does not rupture.
An aneurysm is about the size of a small cherry and may only be noticed if the area is being carefully looked over. For this reason, aneurysms can go unnoticed for extended periods of time. This is not a particularly dangerous situation, but if you find out you have an aneurysm, it should be dealt with as soon as possible.
Most people who develop an aneurysm are between the ages of 35 and 60, but anyone of any age can have one. It more often occurs with women than men. It has been estimated that around 15 million people in the United States have had an aneurysm or will have one, with only 300,000 of those resulting in a rupture. Also, it is thought that 1 in 15 people have an aneurysm at some point in their life.
Causes of Aneurysms
Aneurysms most commonly occur because of aging of the artery wall in the brain, but can also be the result of a traumatic blow to the head or an infection in the brain area. Excessive use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs can lead to an aneurysm, as can a family history of aneurysms or high blood pressure.
Symptoms and Effects of Aneurysms
An aneurysm typically causes such symptoms as drastic changes in perception, loss of balance, trouble thinking, short-term memory loss, numbness on the side of the face, fainting spells, neck pains and sensitivity to light. In serious cases, severe nausea or seizures may be experienced. If you believe you or a loved one has an aneurysm, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Aneurysms and Disability
A serious aneurysm can lead to permanent or long-lasting conditions like those listed above that can be debilitating. If you have suffered an aneurysm and are unable to maintain full-time work, you may be eligible for Long Term Disability Insurance or Social Security disability benefits. An experienced disability lawyer can help you get the benefits you deserve. Call Nick Ortiz at (850) 308-7833 for a free case evaluation.