This Mother Of 4 Died After Her Migraine Turned Out To Be Something Much Worse

Here’s what you need to know.

NINA BAHADUR

When 41-year-old Lee Broadway texted complaining of the worst headache of her life, her husband Eric rushed home to care for her during what they thought was a severe migraine episode. Hours later, she was declared dead due to complications from a ruptured brain aneurysm.

“An aneurysm is a bubble off of an artery that can rupture and cause bleeding,” Johanna Fifi, M.D., assistant professor of neurosurgery, neurology, and radiology at Mount Sinai, says. “Aneurysms are caused by a weakness in the wall of a blood vessel which cause the blood vessel to balloon outwards often in a pouch-like sac. What causes this weakness is unknown in most patients.”

According to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, common symptoms of a ruptured aneurysm include a sudden and severe headache, dilated pupils, blurred or double vision, pain above and behind the eye, weakness, numbness, trouble walking or speaking, and a stiff neck. Continue…

 

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