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Is subarachnoid hemorrhage always a very serious problem?

Is subarachnoid hemorrhage always a very serious problem?

Yes: It can be, so we never take a chance and look for aneurism by doing an angiogram on everybody with subarachnoid. Bleed. The most common cause is actually head trauma, which has a better prognosis and requires less aggressive workup.. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Dissin
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Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (Definition)

A condition in which there is bleeding into the space between the two thin coverings immediately surrounding the brain. It can be caused by a bleeding disorder or a head injury. It begins suddenly as a severe headache before other symptoms such as drowsiness ...Read more


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How serious is a subdural hematoma? Can it be very mild?

How serious is a subdural hematoma?  Can it be very mild?

Brain Bleed: An epidural hematoma is a brain bleed occurring outside of the brain but within the skull. This accumulation of blood can cause an increase in pressure within the skull leading to brain herniation if untreated. ...Read more

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What is a subarachnoid hemorrhage?

What is a subarachnoid hemorrhage?

Dangerous hemorrhage: Subaracnoid hemorrhages usually occur from rupture of aneurysms. Aneurysms are caused by defects in the vessel wall producing outpouching of the wall. With rupture of the aneuysm, patients complain of the worst headache of their life. The headache can rapidly progress to include altered consciousness, weakness or unresponsiveness. A percentage of patients never survive to reach medical care. ...Read more

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There is blood block in brain, what treatment s d best? Is it a very serious problem or a small problem which can be solved?

There is blood block in brain, what treatment s d best? Is it a very serious problem or a small problem which can be solved?

Worrisome: Blocks are strokes - is this the cause of your weakness?You may recover and never have another, but this could also be a warning of another stroke and that could cause loss of function that might not recover. Control your high BP and you may be started on aspirin. At the time of a stroke, you may start on blood thinners and tpa (alteplase). Post stroke rehab activities are valuable but may take effort. ...Read more

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Is a splenic artery aneurysm of 15mm considered a serious condition that should be operated on. ?

Is a splenic artery aneurysm of 15mm considered a serious condition that should be operated on. ?

Probably not: surgery for incidentally found splenic artery aneurysms is indicated for any that cause symptoms are more than 30 mm in diameter or or are detected in women who are pregnant or of childbearing age because those patients have an increased chance of rupture ...Read more

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Is a clotted artery to the heart considered very serious?

Is a clotted artery to the heart considered very serious?

Can be very: Coronary artery disease is blockages in the arteries supplying blood to the heart. A clot or blockage in one of the coronary arteries can cause a heart attack. There are other factors to consider which a cardiologist should be able to explain. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a retinal hemorrhage from high altitude?

Is it possible to have a retinal hemorrhage from high altitude?

It's possible...: ... But other causes should be ruled out. Retinal hemorrhages are more often caused by uncontrolled hypertension or diabetes, as well as occasional association with bad floaters. The decreased pressure from high altitude has been known to rupture small blood vessels on the white of the eye as well. Have your eye doctor examine you carefully. ...Read more

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What is a brain hemorrhage?

What is a brain hemorrhage?

Blood vessel bursts: Or leaks in brain tissue. Can be associate with high blood pressure, aneurysm, tumors. ...Read more

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What is an ocular migraine? Is it a sign of something serious?

What is an ocular migraine? Is it a sign of something serious?

The term "ocular migraine" can be confusing: It's sometimes used to refer to two different conditions, one of which usually isn't cause for concern, and the other which might have more–serious complications. In some cases, ocular migraine describes a migraine aura that involves your vision. Migraine auras include a variety of sensations — often visual, but which also may include other sensations, such as numbness — that precede or accompany a migraine. Aura can sometimes occur without an associated headache. A migraine aura that affects your vision is common. Visual symptoms are short lasting. A migraine aura involving your vision will affect both eyes, and you may see: Flashes of light, Zigzagging patterns, Blind spots, Shimmering spots or stars. These symptoms can temporarily interfere with certain activities, such as reading or driving, but the condition usually isn't considered serious. Sometimes, ocular migraine is used as a synonym for the medical term "retinal migraine. " A retinal migraine is a rare condition occurring in a person who has experienced other symptoms of migraine. Retinal migraine involves repeated bouts of short–lasting, diminished vision or blindness. These bouts may precede or accompany a headache. A retinal migraine — unlike a migraine aura affecting vision — will affect only one eye, not both. However, most often, loss of vision in one eye isn't related to migraine. It's generally caused by some other more serious condition. So if you experience visual loss in one eye, be sure to see an eye specialist. ...Read more

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What is cerebral edema? Is it a serious condition?

What is cerebral edema? Is it a serious condition?

Yes: This is a swelling of the brain, often as the result of trauma or uncontrolled diabetes. It can be very serious. ...Read more

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How likely is it that chronic sinusitis results in serious complications such as vision loss, meningitis, aneurysm/blood clot?

How likely is it that chronic sinusitis results in serious complications such as vision loss, meningitis, aneurysm/blood clot?

Pretty rare, BUT: Lots of folks have chronic sinus problems, but most of the time, localized misery over nasal areas, and occasional postnasal drip with secondary coughing. If an acute infection supervened and was not treated, this could eventuate in secondary complications such as cavernous sinus thrombosis, but such complications are very rare. Suggest you see otolaryngologist to assess treatment. ...Read more

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Is there really such thing as a "visual migraine"? And is it indicative of a problem requiring further care?

Is there really such thing as a "visual migraine"? And is it indicative of a problem requiring further care?

Migraine variant: Visual or ocular symptoms are very common in migraine. These visuals illusions may involve lights, colors, jagged lines, distortions of space and time, etc. Good ophthalmology evaluation would be appropriate. If normal, ño other evaluations are necessary. ...Read more

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Is vertigo a symptom of something more serious?

Is vertigo a symptom of something more serious?

It can be: Vertigo is either peripheral due to problems in the ear or central due to problems in the back part of the brain or brainstem. Infections or pressure in the ear can cause attacks of vertigo. Tumors of the nerve to the ear may cause vertigo. Disorders of the brain are more complex. Dysfunction of brain may occur due to blood pressure problems, vascular disease, tumors, medications, etc. ...Read more

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I diagnosed of interior wall ischemia is this dangerous to be anger or fear? If that emotion comes always is this a high risk of cardiac arrest?

I diagnosed of interior wall ischemia is this dangerous to be anger or fear?  If that emotion comes always is this a high risk of cardiac arrest?

Ischemia: Ischemia means a narrowing of the arteries that feed the heart muscle. Any type of stress, either physical exertion or mental stress can strain the heart. This could disrupt a cholesterol plaque and cause a heart attack which in some cases result in cardiac arrest. It is not possible to directly assess if this is high risk, but people with ischemia are at higher risk than normal population. ...Read more

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What is a transient ischemic attack and how serious a condition is it?

What is a transient ischemic attack and how serious a condition is it?

Very: Having a TIA is serious in that your risk of stroke is increased. You should see a doctor and work on reducing risk of any further symptoms. ...Read more

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What is a retinal hemorrhage?

What is a retinal hemorrhage?

Retinal hemorrhage: Retinal hemorrhages can occur in any of its layers: causes: diabetes, hypertension, macular degeneration, and retinal vein occlusion are most common. Vision loss is a not a typical complain at first-depends on the cause. There is no treatment recommended. Referral to the patient`s primary care doctor is recommended to rule out systemic disease. Retinal specialist or a good eye md to treat. ...Read more

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Is papilledema a serious condition?

Is papilledema a serious condition?

Yes: Papilledema means a swollen optic nerve from increased intracranial pressure. The increased pressure must be investigated and treated. Otherwise the optic nerve may become damaged and you will become blind. Also the cause of the increased pressure could be life-threatening as well. ...Read more

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I have a small pericardial effusion. Is this life threatening?

I have a small pericardial effusion. Is this life threatening?

Usually no: However, dependent on the time it took to collect the effusion, even a small effusion can be life-threatening. In other words, if the fluid collects over a short period of time, it can lead to a catastrophic event, but if it takes a long time, the heart copes with it for a while. The best way to tell what effect the fluid has, is to evaluate you with an echocardiogram. ...Read more

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Is head banging a sign of a serious brain condition?

Is head banging a sign of a serious brain condition?

Generally No: If your baby is otherwise healthy and developing normally, headbanging is either a " pacifier" mechanism or an expression of anger, a temper tantrum. In either case, it is best ignored. With an otherwise normal child, it is almost never a sign of of a brain condition. Also children who bang their heads do not cause any serious injury other than an occasional bruise. ...Read more

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Dr. Bryan Treacy
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Heavy Bleeding (Definition)

Usually described by physicians as having to change a pad more than every 1-2 hours, passing large clots, change from your previous pattern, needing overnight protection, ...Read more