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Identifying Brain Aneurysm Symptoms and Warning Signs - Tampa General Hospital

Brain Aneurysm SymptomsA brain aneurysm is a weakness in a blood vessel that supplies the brain with oxygenated blood. The weakening of the vessel can cause it to swell and fill with blood. If the brain aneurysm then leaks or ruptures, the blood can make contact with brain tissue, which places pressure on the brain and causes it to become inflamed. Most people with a brain aneurysm experience no symptoms, especially if the aneurysm is small. However, knowing the warning signs of a ruptured brain aneurysm is vitally important, as this condition can lead to a hemorrhagic stroke, a serious medical condition that can result in brain damage if it is not promptly treated.

Brain aneurysms are more common in adults than children and more common in women than men. Risk factors for developing a brain aneurysm include smoking, old age, high blood pressure, and family history, or a patient’s previous history of the condition. While symptoms of a ruptured brain aneurysm usually come on suddenly, here are some potential warning signs:

  • A sudden, severe headache
  • Confusion
  • A stiff neck
  • A seizure
  • Blurred or double vision
  • A drooping eyelid
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness

The longer medical care for a brain aneurysm is delayed, the greater the risk of developing lasting brain damage. Tampa General Hospital is a comprehensive stroke center and a leading choice for stroke patients. TGH was the first hospital on the west coast of Florida to receive national Comprehensive Stroke Certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, and employs a dedicated team of stroke specialists to provide treatment 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you notice anyone experiencing brain aneurysm symptoms, dial 9-1-1 immediately and ask for transportation to the nearest comprehensive stroke center.