A lot of people are getting confused between a brain aneurysm and stroke; an aneurysm usually occurs in the largest artery of the body which is the aorta but can also occur in the brain and it can actually lead to stoke, while stroke, on the other hand, occur when the brain cells die due to lack of oxygen-rich blood supply.
Although an aneurysm may also occur in different parts of the body, the common target is the brain making stroke one of the leading causes of death around the world.
A study published in the American Heart Association (AHA) journal, scientists have identified the top 8 factors that may trigger or increase the risk of ruptured aneurysm.
Study author Dr. Monique Vlak from University Medical Center in the Netherlands said, “All of the triggers induce a sudden and short increase in blood pressure, which seems a possible common cause for aneurismal rupture.”
Below are the 8 factors that commonly trigger an aneurysm:
Although it is the only emotional trigger in the list, anger causes a seven-fold increase in the risk of a brain bleed. Strong emotions like being upset or angry may also increase blood pressure and cause an aneurysm to rupture.
Surprise or being startled
The study shows that being surprised or startled has a 2.7 percent attributable risk of aneurysm so better stay away from scary movies or horror attraction to avoid getting shocked which may lead to a ruptured aneurysm.
Since cola contains caffeine, the study shows that those who drink soda have higher chances of experiencing aneurysm am hour after cola consumption.
Straining the toilet
Straining while trying to defecate may have increased the risk of the ruptured aneurysm so doctors normally recommend treating a constipated patient with a brain aneurysm with a laxative to lower the risk of subarachnoid hemorrhage.
Since sex causes the pleasure center of the brain to light up, it may cause increased blood pressure and eventually brain bleed. Experts suggest that if you’re normally experiencing headache after sex, better consult it immediately with your doctor.
Blowing the nose
Believe it or not, blowing off your nose may lead to a brain aneurysm as it temporarily increases the intracranial pressure inside your brain, this also applies in coughing and sneezing. Such normal body activity may trigger the weak part of the brain artery to burst.
Although exercise is good for the health, too much pressure while working out may rupture the blood vessel wall of the brain. Heavy weight-lifting, straining and other heavy exercises may lead to a brain aneurysm. So better have a thorough medical examination before getting yourself a gym membership or enrolling in a fitness program.
Coffee lovers need not worry too much as the study shows that only people with weak blood vessel wall in the brain are the ones affected by this factor. Drinking coffee increases our blood pressure which may cause the arterial wall to rupture.
It is really difficult to tell if someone has a brain aneurysm but most of its symptoms could be attributed to medical conditions like a headache, stress, blurred or double vision, difficulty in speaking, weakness and numbness.
In some cases, persons with a brain aneurysm may also experience nausea, vomiting, sudden pain in the eye, mental awareness, numbness, and photophobia or sensitivity to light.