Health Talks: What is a brain aneurysm?

A brain aneurysm is a bulging or weak spot in a blood vessel in or around the brain. Neurosurgeon Patrick Youssef, MD, explains that most brain aneurysms are difficult to diagnose and usually asymptomatic. A ruptured brain aneurysm, though, is life-threatening and you must seek immediate medical attention.

Signs to watch for include a severe headache — the worst headache of your life — or a feeling of an explosion in your head. Other signs include droopy eyelids, difficulty opening your eyes or using your facial muscles. This Health Talk covers these topics and more:

  • Brain aneurysms and patient outcomes
  • Severe migraine vs. a brain aneurysm
  • Stress and other causes of a brain aneurysm
  • The relationship between a stroke and a brain aneurysm
  • Recovery from a brain aneurysm
  • Research in care for brain aneurysms at Ohio State

Watch the full Health Talks video above to learn more.

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