Reporter’s death prompts worry: How common are brain aneurysms?

Lisa Colagrossi, a 49-year-old reporter for WABC-TV in New York City who died suddenly of a brain aneurysm is a prime example of how terrifying the condition is.  Colagrossi had just returned from an assignment covering a fire when she collapsed and was rushed to the hospital.

How could an otherwise healthy and relatively young person with no symptoms die so quickly and never know they were suffering from a life-threatening condition?

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In this undated photo provided by WABC-TV, veteran television news reporter Lisa Colagrossi is shown.

A cerebral aneurysm is a thin or weak spot that can occur on a blood vessel of the brain. The aneurysm causes that area of the vessel to enlarge and fill with blood. As a result, the blood vessel may begin to bulge and put stress on nerves or surrounding brain tissue. It can burst and cause devastating bleeding in the brain.

The condition most typically occurs in people between the ages of 35 and 60. It also more commonly strikes women. Like Colagrossi, patients who suffer from brain aneurysms often seem perfectly healthy and don’t show warning signs prior to a rupture.



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