Ruptured brain aneurysms usually cause bleeding into the space around the brain, called a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), which can cause sudden symptoms. If you experience any of the following symptoms of a ruptured aneurysm, CALL 911. It is important to understand that not all of these symptoms may be present; the top few listed below are the most common. 

Do not have a family member/friend take you in a private vehicle to the hospital. This is a high-stress situation that may require first responders to use lifesaving procedures in the emergency vehicle, and where time may be of the essence. 

  • Sudden and severe headache, often described as “the worst headache of my life” 
  • Nausea/vomiting 
  • Stiff neck 
  • Blurred or double vision 
  • Sensitivity to light 
  • Seizure 
  • Drooping eyelid 
  • A dilated pupil 
  • Pain above and behind the eye 
  • Loss of consciousness 
  • Confusion 
  • Weakness and/or numbness