Actress Shares Experience with Brain Aneurysm

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WHAT IS A BRAIN ANEURYSM?

A brain aneurysm (AN-yoo-riz-um) is a bulge or ballooning in a blood vessel in the brain.

It can leak or rupture, causing bleeding into the brain (hemorrhagic stroke).

WHAT CAUSES A BRAIN ANEURYSM?

Aneurysms have a variety of causes. Most often a ruptured brain aneurysm occurs in the space between the brain and the thin tissues covering the brain.

Causes include high blood pressure and atherosclerosis, trauma, heredity, and abnormal blood flow at the junction where arteries come together.

There are other rare causes of aneurysms. Mycotic aneurysms are caused by infections of the artery wall.

Although the exact cause is unclear, certain factors contribute to it, like damaged tissue in arteries.

CAN STRESS CAUSE A BRAIN ANEURYSM?

The arteries can be harmed by blockages, such as fatty deposits.

This stress can damage the arteries because of the increased pressure.

CAN A BRAIN ANEURYSM BE PREVENTED?

You can‘t always prevent brain aneurysms, but you can lower your risk by not smoking and reducing high blood pressure.

10 Ways to Reduce High Blood Pressure Naturally: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/high-blood-pressure/art-20046974

Game of Thrones Daenerys actress Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke

(Credit: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

Emilia Clarke Talks Further About Health

Emilia Clarke shares never-before-seen photos from her traumatic hospitalisation.

The Game of Thrones actor reveals in a personal essay published in The New Yorker that she has survived two brain aneurysms during the early years of making the fantasy show.

Over the weekend, Clarke made an appearance on CBS News and spoke of her experience with these brain bleeds, or as they’re formally known, as subarachnoid haemorrhages.

“With the second one, there was a bit of my brain that actually died,” Clarke said. “If a part of your brain doesn’t get blood to it for a minute, it will just no longer work. It’s like you short circuit. So, I had that. And they didn’t know what it was.

Emilia Clarke shares hospital photo (Credit: Emilia Clarke/CBS News

“They literally were looking at the brain and being like, ‘Well, we think it could be her concentration, it could be her peripheral vision [affected].’”

For Clarke, though, she found the humour: “I always say it’s my taste in men that’s no longer there! That’s the part of my brain, yeah, my decent taste in men.”

 

The actress says her recovery was helped by being able to lose herself in such an empowering character like Daenerys.

Emilia Clarke shares hospital photos (Credit: Emilia Clarke/CBS News

“You go on the set, and you play a badass character, and you walk through fire, and you speak to hundreds of people, and you’re being asked to be – to work as hard as you possibly can,” Clarke said.

“And that became the thing that just saved me from considering my own mortality.”

Clarke details the symptoms she suffered that first suggested she was not well in her New Yorker essay:

“My trainer had me get into the plank position, and I immediately felt as though an elastic band were squeezing my brain. I tried to ignore the pain and push through it, but I just couldn’t. I told my trainer I had to take a break. Somehow, almost crawling, I made it to the locker room. I reached the toilet, sank to my knees, and proceeded to be violently, voluminously ill. Meanwhile, the pain—shooting, stabbing, constricting pain—was getting worse. At some level, I knew what was happening: my brain was damaged.”

Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season will begin its broadcast with episode one on April 15, on Sky Atlantic at 2am and 9pm.

For more visit:

CBS News: Emilia Clarke on “Game of Thrones” and her near-death experience

http://www.cbsnews.com or click video links below

 

As Danerys Taergaryn on “Game of Thrones,” Emilia Clarke plays a character who can walk through fire. And the actress has found that, in some ways, she can, too. She tells correspondent Tracy Smith that portraying a strong woman on TV helped her to be one in life, when she suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage, twice, and nearly died. Having completed ten years’ production on the hit HBO series, Clarke has started a charity, SameYou, for brain injury survivors.

On APR 7, 2019 9:56 AM EDT SUNDAY MORNING Play VIDEO

WISHING EMILIA CLARKE ALL THE BEST!

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