Ruptured Brain Aneurysm: 8 Warning Signs

Know what it may look like when a blood vessel in the brain bursts

Ruptured Brain Aneurysm: 8 Warning Signs

An aneurysm is an enlarged blood vessel or artery due to weakening in the blood-vessel wall. There are many risk factors for an aneurysm and they can form in individuals with head injuries, blood infections, or hypertension. An aneurysm itself may present no symptoms at all, but complications arise when it ruptures — especially in the brain. Here are the warning signs of a ruptured brain aneurysm.

A Sudden and Severe Headache

The most telling sign of a ruptured brain aneurysm is a splitting or thunderclap headache that comes suddenly, usually described as “the worst headache ever." If you or someone you know has this kind of headache, call for medical attention or visit the emergency room immediately.

How to Tie a Tourniquet Yourself

Know how to stop a severe bleeding wound.

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You never know when basic first aid knowledge could mean the difference between life and death, and tying a tourniquet is one skill you should know.

A tourniquet is a band that is tightened around an extremity to stop blood flow to a wound. It is used to control rapid bleeding after an injury to a limb. When used properly, tourniquets cause a significant decrease in blood flow — which can save a person's life. But because of this, improper use can cause permanent nerve and tissue damage.

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