4. Cocaine

Cocaine

Cocaine, in all of its various forms, is bad for you for so many reasons. If you need another, it can contribute to aneurysms (as can some other drugs). The likelihood and severity of aneurysms are directly correlated to frequency and size of dosages, but the risk remains even years after cocaine use has abated- especially in later years. The reasoning is not entirely understood, however, the theory is that cocaine use weakens the blood vessels over time, and when it causes a spike of blood pressure, may cause said blood vessels to burst, creating a heart attack or stroke.

3. Tumors

Tumors

As mentioned earlier, cancerous tumors can also create problems with aneurysms. This is mainly due to the fact that the larger tumors get, the more they expand into the body. The expansion, therefore, puts pressure on all of the surrounding tissue. So, if there’s a brain tumor, it is possible that the size and shape of the tumor can contribute to a restriction in blood flow by pinching off a blood vessel, resulting in an aneurysm. In general, tumors that become large can interfere with a lot of bodily processes, which makes them dangerous. See a doctor about shrinking or removal.

2. Head Injury

Head Injury

This one is a no-brainer (no pun intended). Injuries to your head can endanger your brain. Specifically, trauma can cause your blood vessels to swell as a result of inflammation. Inflammation can put pressure on the surrounding tissue, and result in a blocked blood vessel either directly, or as a result of inflamed tissue blocking another vessel. Either way, if you experience a head injury, it’s a good idea to get checked out immediately. Ensure there’s no concussion or other serious damage; sometimes it takes a little bit of time for the seriousness of such injuries to become apparent.

1. Treatment Options

high blood pressure

When it comes to treatment options, there are many different procedures. In some cases, particularly the mild ones, it’s a matter of careful observation; if this is the case, there will likely be medication involved to help lower blood pressure, along with direction on lifestyle changes, which can reduce the odds or a leak or a rupture. In other cases, surgery is necessary, either to reinforce or remove the problematic vessel. If an intracranial aneurysm does rupture, it is imperative that emergency protocols are carried out; failure to do so can result in permanent brain damage or death.

Aneurysms can be dangerous, especially when they occur near the heart (aortic) or the brain (intracranial). While there are numerous factors that are beyond our control to prevent them, there are a number of important lifestyle changes, such as avoiding smoking we can make to improve our odds. Keeping a normal blood pressure, eating healthy foods, and getting regular exercise all go a long way in protecting blood vessel health, and also health overall. Furthermore, being aware of risk factors as well as indicators of an aneurysm allow one to be prepared to take both preventative and emergency action.

Related: 17 Heart Attack Signs You Can’t Ignore

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