Can You Survive a Ruptured Brain Aneurysm? Part 1 of 3
by Richard Tolar
burst if you keep pumping air into the inner tube.

The weak spots in an artery can be caused by a number of things.

1. Congenital

A defect in an artery that developed when you were born.

2. Hereditary. A relative:



Aunt Flo

Uncle Sid

3. High Blood Pressure

4. A well-known villain... Smoking

5. Hypertension. High strung, nervous, or jumpy all the time.

6. Type of diet... Too fatty can also contribute to high blood pressure.

7. A sudden sharp blow to the head.

8. High impact sporting events.

The causes can, and are, varied. It all depends on your source of information. The
reasons pointed out above are generally accepted as the most common reasons for
an aneurysm developing. It should be a matter of course to have a thorough interior
head examination when things do not seem quite right or you know there is a history
of problems in your family.

What are the symptoms of a brain aneurysm?

The symptoms of a brain aneurysm forming can be hard to spot. Almost 90% of the
people that have an undamaged aneurysm do not have a clue that something is
wrong. This is the group that is in the most danger of being permanently injured, or
worse, die, when the aneurysm burst.

A simple noninvasive medical test called "Magnetic Resonance Imaging" (MRI) can
detect most of the "Cerebral Aneurysms" long before they rupture. The problem
being is that your doctor may have to jump through a lot of hoops to get an okay
from an insurance company to pay the bill.

There are a number of symptoms that indicate a possible aneurysm has formed.
However, quite often these symptoms will be ignored and passed off as a nuisance in

The hardest symptom to spot is a change in your personality. It is very difficult to
admit that you are not the same sweet, lovable person you think you are.

Some of the more common symptoms of a possible aneurysm problem are:

1. Headaches.

2. Upset stomach; sometimes uncontrolled vomiting.

3. Stiff neck. This can be a real danger signal.

4. Double Vision.

5. Eye pain

These sound like everyday things. However, they should not be ignored.

Once you suffer a full-blown Cerebral Aneurysm Rupture, (Sub-arachnoid
hemorrhage -SAH-) the blood will spurt out and flow into the outer surrounding area
of the brain. This causes a tremendous amount of pressure and in turn cause sever

These headaches are often called:

1. The worst headache I have ever had.

2. It felt like I was hit in the head with a shovel.

3. My head felt like a bolt of lighting hit me.

A lot hinges on how fast treatment is giving for this type of brain trauma. Life, or
death, will often times be determined by how fast you get treated for a ruptured
brain aneurysm.

Some sobering statistics for a ruptured brain aneurysm are:

1. 25% will die within one day.

2. 25% of those that survive the first day will die within 6 months.

3. More than half of the survivors will have a permanent disability.

A survivor needs a lot of help and understanding from family members and friends.
His/her life has been turned upside down and mental confusion will reign supreme.
They will need your help.

I survived a brain aneurysm that ruptured. I am happy to take my place beside some
of the more famous people that are still with us today.

1. Terry Garr

2. Neil Young

3. Quincy Jones

4. Peter Gammons

It's sad to note that some were not as lucky.

1. Laura Branigan

2. Shirley Walker

Part two (2) will cover some of the events after a cerebral aneurysm ruptures.

About The Author

Richard Tolar survived a that ruptured in 2002. He is recounting
some of his triumphs and failures since the incident. Meet Richard at his blog at:
Can You Survive A Ruptured Brain Aneurysm?  Part 1 of 3
Can You Survive A Ruptured Brain Aneurysm?  Part 2 of 3
Can You Survive A Ruptured Brain Aneurysm?  Part 3 of 3
I am one of the lucky few that
survived a ruptured brain aneurysm.

A Cerebral (Brain) Aneurysm is a
weak spot in an artery inside your
head that tends to bulge out. One of
the most common types is know as
a "Saccular or Berry" aneurysm
because it looks like a little berry that
grows on a bush.

A better example of an aneurysm is a
weak spot in an inner tube of a
bicycle tire. A bubble will form and
then bulge when too much air is
pumped into the tire. The bubble will
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