Suddenly, there’s a rash of hoaxes over Morgan Freeman’s death. Long may this fabulous star live. He brings millions of fans great joy with his nuanced and accomplished acting. But the last hoax attributed his ‘demise’ to an artery rupture. This kind of a cardiac event is extremely dangerous, and maybe tht is why the hoax took hold.
Do you know what a artery rupture is? Read on and find out, because the more you know the better you are.
What is an artery rupture?
As the name suggests, it is a serious condition where an artery has ruptured and requires immediate medical attention. It is the rupture of larger arteries that can be serious. In some cases, the rupture of an artery may cost blood flow to a vital organ of the body and cause problems like aneurysm, stroke or other cardiac complications.
What causes an artery rupture?
Some blood vessels rupture because they are weaker than they should be. Like any ‘pipe’ the weak point cannot take the pressure of the fluid flowing within. An unhealthy diet can lead to a cholesterol build up inside the blood vessels which weaken over a period of time. Such blood vessels are at a danger of getting ruptured and lead to an artery rupture. Such arterial ruptures caused because of a clot formed in the blood vessel can occur in large and small arteries.
What are the consequences of an arterial rupture?
An arterial rupture can occur in large and small arteries; it is however the rupture of large arteries that leads to more dangerous conditions.
Damaged blood vessels of the neck and brain are the main causes of strokes. When the clots break free and travel to the brain and cause severe arterial blockage which can result in a stroke or even death if not treated immediately.
Ruptured vessels in the eyes are usually not too dangerous but repeated rupture can be a sign of an underlying problem.
Traumatic aortic rupture is the rupture of the aorta, the largest artery on your body. A condition that is fatal because of the excessive bleeding caused by the rupture causing shock and death.
What are the signs of a ruptured artery?
Pain: The pain depends on which artery has ruptured. A ruptured abdominal aorta causes pain in the back while a ruptured thoracic aorta leads to severe pain in the jaw. A ruptured brain artery causes headache and smaller arteries can cause pain in extremities if they rupture.
Nausea: An early sign when an artery ruptures and it can be so severe that it is accompanied with a ‘sick’ feeling and vomiting.
Light-headedness: You will experience light headedness, irrespective of what artery of has ruptured. A rapid heart beat may develop on standing as the heart works harder to pump the required blood to your other body parts.
Shock: A ruptured artery can send a person in to a shock because of the sudden loss of blood, which is why any sign of shock, like shallow breathing, unconsciousness and moist skin should be taken seriously. Immediate medical attention is necessary as a shock can be fatal.
Stroke: A ruptured artery in the brain results in a stroke. A sudden headache and trouble while walking are also signs of a ruptured brain artery.
How can you avoid an artery rupture?
Avoid high blood pressure and eat a healthy diet to avoid any cholesterol deposits in your blood vessels. Exercise regularly and avoid stress. This will protect your blood vessels from damage. Undergo a health check up on a regular basis, so you can detect any underlying problems.
What is the mode of treatment for a ruptured aorta?
In case you suffer from any of the symptoms mentioned above, consult a medical expert immediately. In most cases, a ruptured artery may require a surgical intervention. Your doctors will evaluate your condition and suggest the procedures for treatment depending on your condition.
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