Cerebral aneurysms weaken blood arteries, making them vulnerable to rupture. According to specialists, this can result in a stroke.
According to media sources, Chinese President Xi Jinping may be suffering from a brain aneurysm and was hospitalized last year. Though China has not made an official announcement about Xi’s health, there have been concerns about his well-being because he has avoided seeing foreign leaders since the onset of COVID-19 until the Beijing Winter Olympics.
The research comes at a critical time for China, which is dealing with rising oil and gas prices as well as supply chain disruptions caused by the Ukraine crisis. The country’s economy is also being harmed by the “zero COVID-19” policy.
What is the definition of a brain aneurysm?
According to the Johns Hopkins Medicine Centre, it is a ballooning caused by an aberrant focal dilatation of a brain artery caused by a weakening of the inner muscle layer in the blood vessel’s wall. The condition is also known as intracranial aneurysm or brain aneurysm.
The “blister-like” dilatation can thin out and rupture suddenly.
What makes it so dangerous?
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine Centre, if a brain aneurysm expands and the blood artery wall becomes too thin, the aneurysm will rupture and haemorrhage into the area around the brain. This is known as a subarachnoid haemorrhage, and it can result in a hemorrhagic stroke.
What are the signs and symptoms of a brain aneurysm?
According to the Johns Hopkins Medicine Centre, most brain aneurysms are asymptomatic and minor in size (less than 10 millimetres).
Headaches (rare if not burst), eye pain, visual abnormalities, and decreased eye movement are also possible symptoms.
Stiff neck, nausea, and vomiting, changes in mental status (such as drowsiness), dilated pupils, loss of consciousness, loss of balance or coordination, sensitivity to light, and back or leg discomfort are all symptoms of aneurysm.
What factors play a role in the development of a cerebral aneurysm?
According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, hypertension (high blood pressure), cigarette smoking, a genetic predisposition, blood vessel injury or trauma, and complications from certain types of blood infections all play a role in its development.