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A brain aneurysm is a bulging area in an artery in the brain. Its walls may be weak and thin and is prone to rupturing. In other words when blood passes through the weakened blood vessel, the blood pressure causes a small area to bulge outwards like a balloon.

Ruptured brain aneurysm usually cause bleeding into the space around the brain. Here are some of the common signs and symptoms: 

  • Severe headache

  • Nausea

  • Stiff neck

  • Blurred vision

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Seizure

  • Vomiting

  • Drooping eyelid

  • Pain above and behind the eye

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Confusion

  • Weakness and/or numbness

If a brain aneurysm is detected before it ruptures, treatment may be recommended to prevent it rupturing in future. Factors that affect whether treatment is recommended include your age, the size and position of the aneurysm, your family medical history, and any other health conditions you have.  If treatment is recommended, this usually involv...

Migraine is a common health condition, affecting around 1 in every 5 women and around 1 in every 15 men. They usually begin in early adulthood. People who experience ‘migraine with aura’ will have many or all the symptoms of a migraine with aura and additional neurological symptoms which develop over a 5 to 20 minute period and last less than an hour.

About 15-20% of people with migraine get an “aura,” which is a manifestation of neurological symptoms that occurs before a migraine headache. The aura can include visual or auditory hallucinations and disruptions in smell, taste, or touch. Other symptoms may include:

  • blind spots in the field of eyesight

  • coloured spots

  • sparkles or stars

  • flashing lights before the eyes

  • numbness or tingling

  • pins and needles in the arms and legs

  • weakness on one side of the body

  • dizziness

  • a feeling of spinning

The exact cause of migraines is unknown, although they're thought to be the result of te...

The Human Spine or Spinal cord has an average length of 43 to 45 cm long and composed of billions of nerve cells. It is actually an extension of the brain and contains nerve cells, called neurons, and bundles of nerve fiber that carry signals to and from the brain. These messages help us to move our body, feel pressure and control vital functions like breathing, blood pressure, bladder and bowels.  The majority of spinal cord injuries are due to preventable causes such as falls, road traffic accidents or sports injury. Common causes of spinal cord injury:

41.7% - Fall

36.8% - Road accidents

11.6% - Sports related

4.2%  - Lifting / Improper posture

3.3%  -  Trauma

2.7%  -  Assault

Doctors classify injuries as either complete or incomplete. In a complete injury, the spinal cord is sufficiently damaged across the whole of its width that there is complete loss of sensation and muscle control below the level of injury.

In an incomplete injury, the injury spreads across...

It may be a case of Peripheral Neuropathy. It develops when nerves in the body's extremities – such as the hands, feet and arms – are damaged. The symptoms depend on which nerves are affected. Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes. More than 50% of the people with diabetes develop some type of neuropathy.

The peripheral nervous system is the network of nerves that lie outside the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). It includes different types of nerves with their own specific functions, including:

  • sensory nerves – responsible for transmitting sensations, such as pain

  • motor nerves – responsible for controlling muscles

  • autonomic nerves – responsible for regulating automatic functions of the body, such as blood pressure and bladder function

The common signs of peripheral neuropathy may includ...

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. When a stroke occurs, brain cells in the immediate area begin to die because they no longer receive the oxygen and nutrients they need to function.

What happens during a stroke?

When a stroke occurs the blood supply to part of the brain is suddenly interrupted. Brain cells die when they no longer receive oxygen and nutrients from the blood or if there is sudden bleeding into or around the brain.

What are the types of strokes?

A stroke can occur in two ways. In an ischemic stroke, a blood clot blocks or plugs a blood vessel or artery in the brain. About 80 percent of all strokes are ischemic. In an hemorrhagic stroke, a blood vessel in the brain breaks and bleeds into the brain. About 20 percent of strokes are hemorrhagic.

What are the symptoms of stroke?

What makes stroke symptoms distinct is their sudden onset:

  • Numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg 

  • Trouble speaking 

  • Trouble seeing in one or both e...

In my several years of practice of medicine specifically in the field of neuroscience. A lot of patient had repeatedly asked the question, "How do you prevent a stroke?". Well, the answer is actually very simple. Care to make a guess? Its "LIFESTYLE CHANGE". Its the ultimate key to lower your risk of a stroke.

One of the main culprit here is high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for stroke. There are a number of lifestyle changes you can make to help lower your blood pressure and risk of stroke. Here are a few tips to start you off:

Maintain an ideal weight

Being overweight or obese increases your risk for stroke. To determine whether your weight is in a healthy range, doctors often calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI).

Stay active

Physical activity can help you stay at a healthy weight and lower your cholesterol and blood pressure levels. For adults, the Surgeon General recommends 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, such as a br...

Migraine is a common health condition, affecting around 1 in every 5 women and around 1 in every 15 men. They usually begin in early adulthood. People who experience “migraine with aura” will have many or all the symptoms of a migraine with aura and additional neurological symptoms which develop over a 5 to 20 minute period and last less than an hour.

About 15-20% of people with migraine get an “aura” which is a manifestation of neurological symptoms that occurs before a migraine headache. The aura can include visual or auditory hallucinations and disruptions in smell, taste, or touch. Other symptoms may include:

• blind spots in the field of eyesight

• colored spots

• sparkles or stars

• flashing lights before the eyes

• numbness or tingling

• pins and needles in the arms and legs

• weakness on one side of the body

• dizziness

• a feeling of spinning

The exact cause of migraines is unknown, although they're thought to be the result of temporary changes in the chemicals, nerve...

Almost anyone can have a stroke, although there are some things that make you more at risk than others. It’s important to know what the risk factors are and do what you can to reduce your risk.  A whole lot of people thinks that strokes only happen to older people but stroke can strike anyone at any time. While most people who have a stroke are older, younger people can have strokes too, including children.


Age
The largest number of people who have strokes are aged over 55, and the risk increases as you get older. This is because our arteries naturally become narrower and harder as we get older.
 
Race
If you are South Asian, black African or black Caribbean you are at a higher risk of stroke than other people in the UK. It isn’t completely understood why this is, but it’s probably connected to the fact that you are more likely to have conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes.
 
Family history
If a close relative (parent, grandparent, brother or sister) has had a stroke, yo...

A brain aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel in the brain which leads to weakness in the veins wall. It may leak or rupture, causing bleeding into the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). Most often a ruptured brain aneurysm occurs in the space between the brain and the thin tissues covering the brain. Common signs of a ruptured aneurysm include:

  • Sudden and extremely severe headache

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Blurred or double vision

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Seizure

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Confusion

While an unruptured brain aneurysm may produce no symptoms. If one is diagnosed to have brain aneurysm; It is best to visit your doctor for proper assessment and management. You may visit your family doctor or a specialist (neurologist) when it comes to brain aneurysm issues and concerns. If someone who complains of a sudden and severe headache and may have loses consciousness; bring patient to the nearest emergency medical institution or hospital near you. #aneurysm #brainane...

The medical term for an aneurysm that develops inside the brain is an intracranial or cerebral aneurysm or commonly called brain aneurysm. It is a weak bulging spot on the wall of a brain artery very much like a thin balloon or weak spot on an inner tube. Over time, the blood flow within the artery pounds against the thinned portion of the wall and aneurysms form silently from wear and tear on the arteries. As the artery wall becomes gradually thinner from the dilation, the blood flow causes the weakened wall to swell outward. This pressure may cause the aneurysm to rupture and allow blood to escape into the space around the brain. A ruptured brain aneurysm commonly requires advanced surgical treatment.

A ruptured brain aneurysm is a medical emergency. If you suspect someone has had a brain hemorrhage, which could be caused by a ruptured aneurysm. If this happens, bring patient immediate to the nearest emergency medical institution or hospital. #aneurysm #health #hemorrhage #brainaneury...

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