How to spot a brain aneurysm before it’s too late

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(Markham Heid/ Prevention.com) — Lisa Colagrossi, a mother of two and a respected network news journalist in New York City, was experiencing the worst headache of her life.

“She said it felt like her head was going to explode,” recalls her husband, Todd Crawford. Along with her awful headache, Colagrossi had a stiff neck, a tingling sensation in her face, and sensitivity to light. “The headache would last a couple of hours, and then it would subside for a day or two,” Crawford says. “We talked about her getting it checked out, but she didn’t feel like she had time, so we dismissed it.”

That decision, tragically, would prove fatal when in March 2015—three weeks after her headaches first began—Colagrossi suffered a ruptured aneurysm.

“One thing that has haunted me more than anything else is, how could we not have known?” Crawford says. “The more I looked into aneurysms, the more I found that there’s no one out there talking about them, and there’s very little public education about the warning signs.” To help fill that gap in public awareness and education, Crawford started The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation (TLCF).

Last month, TLCF released a survey that reported that 90% of Americans aren’t sure just what a brain aneurysm is. Also, no one included in the survey could correctly identify all the signs and symptoms of an aneurysm. (Discover the 5 best foods for your brain and other cutting-edge natural tips in Prevention’s Ageless Brain.) (…)

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