- Michele T
Too much pressure in the brain?
Updated: Apr 23
I recently read this article and wanted to highlight some of the ways that people incorrectly talk about brain aneurysms.
First off, the title of the piece, " Brain aneurysms can happen when there is too much pressure inside your brain." What do they mean by "too much pressure?" Do they mean that the blood pressure is to high? If so, then yes, high blood pressure is the leading cause of aneurysm rupture but calling that "pressure in the brain" doesn't really make sense. It isn't clear.
Secondly, the author writes, "When American actor Tom Sizemore was in critical condition after suffering a brain aneurysm..." that isn't correct. Tom Sizemore didn't die because he had a brain aneurysm, he died because it ruptured.
Another example is in the following sentence, "It has been observed that death is seen in 10% of all subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) cases within the first week, and this figure can rise to nearly 50% within the first month because left untreated, an aneurysm can occur very soon after the initial first bleed." The word RUPTURE should immediately follow the word aneurysm.
Brain aneurysms and brain aneurysm ruptures are different things and we need to speak about them correctly. Brain aneurysms on their own, won't kill you but when one ruptures, it's important to seek
immediate medical care. With a rupture, every second counts.