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11 Symptoms of an Aneurysm

An aneurysm is a condition in which the arterial wall weakens creating a bulge or distention in the affected artery. Aneurysms can happen in various arteries including those supplying blood to the aorta and the brain.

The aneurysm can remain silent, meaning there are no symptoms, or it could rupture causing serious health problems or even death. Even when the aneurysm does not rupture, one that is large enough can obstruct circulation and cause symptoms. Here is a look at 11 symptoms that may indicate the presence of an aneurysm.

1. Headaches

In the case of a brain aneurysm, headaches can become a frequent complaint. While un-ruptured brain aneurysms usually remain quite small, larger ones can press on the brain or nerves stemming out of the brain. This can trigger localized headaches and other related symptoms.

When the aneurysm leaks only a little, meaning leak a slight amount of blood, rather than a full blown rupture, the sensation may be a sudden but severe headache. However, a more severe rupture almost always follows leaking. Severe or mild pain may also be felt behind or above the eye.

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