A young mother suddenly and tragically died of a brain aneurysm. Her death has now raised the importance of identifying warning signs of brain aneurysms.
An aneurysm happens when there is a bulging, weak area in the wall of an artery that supplies blood to the brain.
In most cases, a brain aneurysm has no symptoms and can go unnoticed. This may not seem harmful, but there are cases where warning signs can be present. If someone decides to ignore these warning signs, the consequences can be fatal.
Continue reading for the full story and the warning signs to look out for.
The story is about Lee Broadway, a 41-year-old mother of four who resides in Matthews, North Carolina. On April 1st, 2017, she experienced a headache, but she knew that this was different than any headache she’d previously had. Lee’s husband Eric told People that his wife experienced headaches and migraines since she was a child. But on April 1st, he got a text message from his wife to come home immediately. At that moment he knew that something was wrong.
That same morning, Eric and Lee were having coffee and discussing what to do for Lee’s 42nd birthday. But things took a turn for the worse, and when Eric came home, he knew that Lee was experiencing a different kind of pain. Eric rushed Lee to the hospital where they hoped that doctors would be able to help Lee. Unfortunately two days later, on April 3rd, Lee Broadway passed away. Doctors said that she died of complications caused by a brain aneurysm.
The doctors originally thought that they could repair Lee’s aneurysm with a medical procedure when she arrived. But the next day she suffered a complication that forced doctors to inform Eric that there was nothing they could do. Chances are that the migraines that Lee would experience were not always migraines.
Following Broadway’s death, People magazine decided to do a follow-up piece on the differences between migraines and brain aneurysms. So they contacted Dr. Howard A. Riina, who is from the NYU Langone Medical Center. Riina made a statement that was almost identical to what Lee had told Eric. He said that an aneurysm pain can be described as the worst headache of someone’s life.
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Riina also mentioned that it’s never surprising when a patient comes to the emergency room if they have a long history of headaches and migraines. He added that they say it felt like a lightning bolt hit them in the head that brought them to their knees.
Symptoms of an Aneurysm: Knowing what the symptoms of a brain aneurysm are could save your life. The challenge though is differentiating an aneurysm and a migraine. The first warning sign that you’re having an aneurysm is that a headache feels like the worst headache of your life. If it brings you to your knees and you cannot get up, it’s most likely an aneurysm. If you feel a sudden stiffness in your neck and you haven’t done anything to warrant it, I would get it checked out.
Another telltale sign is you experience blurred or double vision. If you don’t wear contacts or glasses, it is a concern, especially if it happens quickly. If you experience a sudden loss of consciousness, numbness or a tingling feeling in your face, seizures, nausea, and vomiting, you could be having a brain aneurysm. Do not brush aside these symptoms, go to the hospital immediately, especially if you’ve experienced more than one of them.
If you do experience a brain aneurysm, there are a few ways that the doctors will treat it. The first treatment is surgery, especially if this is not the first time it’s happened. In more mild cases, medication will be given to help treat the swelling. Just a reminder, the symptoms I have mentioned are there for you to reference, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are having a brain aneurysm. You could be experiencing a headache, so do not jump to conclusions. But do not brush aside these symptoms; it could be the difference between life and death.
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