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The Habit That Doubles Your Risk Of A Fatal Brain Bleed

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More than 45 million Americans do this activity every day. And it doubles their risk of a fatal brain bleed from a burst aneurysm.

The nasty habit is smoking. Research shows that smoking more than a pack a day doubles your risk of an aneurysm bursting in your brain and killing you. An aneurysm is a bulge in a weakened artery, which, if it bursts, causes blood to leak into the brain. The chances of surviving a ruptured aneurysm are only about 50-50; and if you survive, you’ll be disabled for life. In the short term, smoking thickens blood and drives up blood pressure, both of which can increase the risk of a brain bleed. These effects can be reversed by stopping smoking.

But smoking also induces permanent changes in the structure of artery walls, say the scientists. These changes may be greater in heavy smokers.

Filed Under: Alternative MedicineBrain HealthEasy Health Options News

About the Author: Carl Lowe has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.

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  • Glen

    Such a shame people say things like this. My grandmother, my aunt and myself all suffered from brain anuyerisms and did we smoke? Two out of three had never smoked in their life and yet opinions like these are common. How many ‘educated’ folk think we should never drink? Bet they’re are enough out there who also have that opinion. Is it all right for us to contiue breathing do you think?

  • NICK

    I KNOW PEOPLE THAT HAD ANEURYSMS AND NEVER SMOKED AND WERE REAL HEALTHY.SUCH BULL ABOUT SMOKING,CHINESE HAVE THE HIGHEST RATE OF SMOKING AND LOWEST RATE OF CANCER AND LIVE LONGER THEN US.WHAT’S THE DEAL HERE?