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7 Key Differences and Similarities of Strokes and Aneurysms

No matter how you look at brain aneurysms or strokes, they’re not good news. While some of the symptoms are similar, it’s a race against the clock for medical professionals to determine what they’re dealing with to limit the damage.

Both of these medical events can cause weakness in muscles and vision problems, but there are other key characteristics of both that make them easier to identify. Let’s take a closer look to identify seven similarities and differences between a brain aneurysm and a stroke…

1. Brain Aneurysms Don’t Always Have Symptoms

According to the American Heart Association, an aneurysm refers to an enlarged blood vessel, but the patient may not be aware of a problem until it bursts or bleeds.

The source notes that 1.5-percent of the U.S. population can develop a cerebral (brain) aneurysm at some point (around 5-million people), but only around 3-percent of those people will experience bleeding into the brain.

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