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Posted by Charles Young
on October 18, 1999 at 22:55:25:
In Reply to: Aneurism posted by Hanna on September 21, 1999 at 23:26:31:
: Please tell me the difference between a stroke and an aneurism. I survived and aneurism with no physical affects. It was behind the brainstem and in order to contain the aneurism, three coils were put in. All bleeding has stopped but what are the chances of that same area rupturing again.
: I would appreciate your oppinion. Thanks
Hanna.. I'm sorry to hear of your aneurism.
My wife Barbara, recently suffered an aneurism in much the same area of the brain that you did. We can only be thankful that in a little over a month, she is able to walk, talk, eat and reason much the same way she did prior to having her problem. Thank goodness,if this had to happen, it happened on her non-dominate side. (the right side of her brain.)
I'm not a doctor but the way I understand it.. a stroke is when a blood vessel is clogged and stops blood flow to a particular affected area.
An aneurism is when a weak spot or balloon develops or is formed on the wall of a blood vessel, and when ruptured, causes bleeding and tissue damage to an area surrounding the bleed. The results are often the same, the way I understand it. Some people (even therapists) call them both strokes. (That kind of bothers me.)
Barbara's aneurism was about the size of a "baby" finger nail. They clipped it and told us it would never bleed there again. Thats encouraging. She now has very limited control of her left hand and arm, but she is getting better day by day.
Good luck to you in the future Hanna.. Good times are ahead for both you and Barbara.
Charlie and Barbara Young.