Mindful chocolate eating

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Learn how to eat with intention and avoid the guilt trip with these tips for mindful chocolate eating.


Store Keep chocolate at room temperature. High quality chocolate should never be stored in the refrigerator; in the mouth, cold chocolate does not release the flavours and aromas as quickly as room temperature chocolate. 

Cleanse Before your chocolate fix, eat a piece of apple or small piece of bread to cleanse the palate of other flavours.

Smell Involve your sense of smell, touch and sight in the tasting process. Before eating, look at the chocolate, appreciate the shine and colour. Break off a piece and listen to the sound. High-quality chocolate produces a sharp, crisp sound when it breaks and a clean edge. Rub the chocolate with your fingers  (it should feel smooth), which will start to release the odours and enhance flavour intensity. Smell the chocolate and try to define different aromas. 

Suck Place the chocolate in your mouth and let it melt without chewing (it will melt at 32 degrees Celsius. Let the flavours release and be aware of the flavours (notice whether they’re the same as the ones you smelled). 

Finish Once the chocolate has melted completely, be aware of the ‘finish’. It should not be bitter or unpleasant on the palate. New flavours may emerge.

NEXT: Here’s how to avoid mindless eating.





North Carolina Dad and Two Sons Receive Same Devastating Cancer Diagnosis: 'I Feel Guilty,' Says Dad

The latest from: http://www.health.com/syndication/north-carolina-dad-two-sons-receive-same-cancer-diagnosis

This article originally appeared on People.com. 

North Carolina brothers Preston and Parker Jackson were both diagnosed with the same debilitating pancreatic cancer as their father, Wayne Jackson, within a few weeks of each other in 2016.

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“I did a lot of crying and a lot of praying,” Preston and Parker’s mother, Sharon Sechriest, tells PEOPLE. “It’s hard for me to swallow that both of my kids and their father have cancer, but I tell them that they will get through it and be fine.

“They are so loved and [I] will do anything in my power to make sure they live a long life.”

Wayne was diagnosed with MEN-1, a hereditary condition associated with tumors of the endocrine glands, in November 2014 and doctors found 12 cancerous pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors in his body. Soon after, Preston and Parker tested positive for MEN-1 and, in 2016, both brothers were found to each have two tumors on their respective pancreases.

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The father and his two sons “face the diagnosis together” as they attend the same doctors, compare symptoms and talk about the way they are dealing with the cancer.

“I feel guilty,” Wayne, 46, tells PEOPLE. “I know it’s not my fault, because I had no idea I had this condition until a few years ago, but to see the boys suffering and going through the same things I do — I feel a sense of guilt.

“When I’m by myself and I think about it, it hurts.”

Parker, 18, is a senior at Chase High School in Forest City, North Carolina, and Preston, 21, is a business major at UNC Charlotte. Doctors found Parker’s tumors in February 2016 and Preston’s tumors were discovered six weeks later.

“I told doctors I wanted them both tested and they thought, ‘Oh that’s crazy!’ ” says Sechriest. “When they got the results, I was angry but I knew there were people out there praying for me.”

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Although the boys try to lead normal lives, their constant pain keeps them from playing sports and, at times, from attending classes.

“When Preston found out about Parker’s diagnosis, he was so devastated that he prayed to God that he would have cancer to so his brother wouldn’t have to go through it alone,” says Sechriest, who split from Wayne 17 years ago though they two remain close. “That’s brotherly love if I ever heard of it.

“It seems God answered his prayer.”

In 2014, Wayne had his 12 tumors removed — although recent lab workups show his tumor marker elevated.

The devoted dad also accompanies Preston and Parker when they fly to Houston every few months to visit specialists crafting a treatment plan.

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“It’s inevitable they will need surgery, but it’s so high risk, they are trying to hold off until it’s absolutely necessary,” says Sechriest. “And with this condition, they will go through many surgeries in their lifetime.

“It’s not a good diagnosis.”

Wayne’s 9-year-old son with his second wife also has the MEN-1 genetic condition, although he shows no signs of tumors at this time.

“I don’t have words, to find out I have three kids that will have to follow in my footsteps and have to deal with this condition their entire lives too, it’s devastating,” says Wayne. “We lift each other up to the Lord in prayer and make the best of what God has given us.”


Meghan Linsey Opens Up About Brown Recluse Bite That Left a Hole in Her Face: 'I'm Just Glad to Be Alive'

The latest from: http://www.health.com/syndication/meghan-linsey-brown-recluse-spider-bite-face-glad-to-be-alive

This article originally appeared on People.com. 

One morning in February, singer Meghan Linsey woke up to a stinging sensation on her face. Still half asleep, she looked over and quickly realized there was a large, dying spider in her hand.

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She’d been bitten by a brown recluse, a venomous spider found mostly in the south central and midwestern United States.

“The swelling was the first thing, and then I ended up just having crazy, crazy symptoms,” Linsey tells PEOPLE. “I had muscle spasms, then I had a body rash all over. They tell people to not look up things on WebMD, and I had looked up everything on WebMD and I had every symptom. Every day was another thing.”

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Linsey – a 2015 runner up on The Voice and one-half of former duo Steel Magnolia – says she immediately went to urgent care after she was bit, but despite antibiotics and saline, her eye nearly swelled shut. The other symptoms soon followed.

(Warning — photos of the wound below may be disturbing to some readers.)


“I was supposed to be getting better, but I was getting worse – up until day nine, which is when the symptoms stopped happening and the necrosis started on my face,” she explains.

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The area surrounding the site of Linsey’s bite began to rot as her skin cells died, leaving what she calls “a hole on my face.”


After consulting with a wound specialist in South Carolina, things began to improve, Linsey says. She underwent experimental hyperbaric chamber treatment, and after three sessions saw immediate results.

She also attributes her quickened recovery to a recent 30-pound weight loss, explaining, “I was very healthy when I was bit.”


Still, Linsey was concerned about the obvious gash on her face as she prepared to get back on the road to tour. A fan — who is also a pharmaceutical rep — reached out through social media to recommended Stratamed, a gel dressing that treats wounds and can be used under makeup.

“That helped me a lot, just being able to get back out on the road and do shows again,” she tells PEOPLE.

Linsey, 31, says it remains to be seen whether she’ll be stuck with a scar forever, and admits she’s still getting used to her intensified makeup routine.

“I’m one of those people that just throws it on and goes, but now I have to put three or more layers on this one area of my face,” she explains. “It’s kind of a pain at this point but, after going through everything I went through, I’m just glad to be alive.”


As for the support she’s received since revealing the scary health situation, Linsey says, “everyone’s been awesome.”

“I think that people appreciate it when you’re real. I’m like, ‘What am I going to do? Be hiding this thing that I’m going through?'” she adds. “And honestly, it’s nice to raise awareness. It’s not talked about a lot and I have a way to get the word out.”

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Currently, Linsey is focused on finishing up her next record, which she tells PEOPLE is a little more pop than country.

She also teases a cool collaboration with one of the mentors who appeared during her season of The Voice: “I’m really excited about it.”



The Surprising Upside to Having a Bad Boss

The latest from: http://www.health.com/syndication/upside-to-having-an-unsupportive-boss

This article originally appeared on RealSimple.com. 

Reporting to a boss who doesn’t appreciate your work can be a major drain on motivation and workplace morale. But it doesn’t have to be: According to a new study, low levels of support from a supervisor can be a motivating factor for people to make positive changes happen—and may actually increase happiness in the end.

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That may be good news for anyone who’s frustrated by a lack of leadership in their current job. But researchers say employees still need to be proactive in order to get these mood-boosting benefits.

The new research, published in the journal Work & Stress, included three studies on a total of 500 employees in Portugal and the United States. The participants, who worked in a variety of fields, completed questionnaires to determine three basic measures: how “used up” they felt at the end of every workday (emotional exhaustion), how well they felt their leader supported their needs (perceived supervisor support), and how satisfied they were with their lives in general (happiness).

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Researchers found that when employees thought that their bosses understood and appreciated their work, they were less likely to experience emotional exhaustion. When emotional exhaustion did occur, however, those who perceived low supervisor support were more likely to develop an “action plan” and seek out advice and support from others—activities that directly influenced their levels of happiness.

Lead author Carlos Ferreira Peralta, Ph.D., a lecturer in organizational behavior at the University of East Anglia, says the research shows that having a supportive supervisor can actually be a double-edged sword, and that emotionally exhausting experiences at work can have a silver lining. The study is thought to be one of the first to investigate how people can overcome the negative relationship between stressful work situations and mood.

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The research also indicates, says Ferreira Peralta, that how people react to emotional exhaustion—whether they actively search for solutions to their problems and connections with others—appears to be more important than their relationship with their boss.

“Our findings suggest that the activities people engage in have a key role in building happiness from an internally stressful experience,” Ferreira Peralta told RealSimple.com via email. “According to our research, dealing with emotional exhaustion with an effective strategy and continued effort can lead to enhanced happiness.”

Ferreira Peralta does point out, however, that low levels of perceived supervisor support aren’t necessarily the same thing as having a bad boss. In fact, the research suggests there are times when it might be beneficial for managers to be more hands-off with their employees.

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“Providing support may prevent the emergence of emotional exhaustion in employees,” Ferreira Peralta says. “However, when an employee is experiencing emotional exhaustion it might be useful to just provide support when and if requested. Otherwise, the employee may not engage or delay the engagement in coping activities that can enhance their happiness.”

That can be counterintuitive, he adds, because caring employers may be tempted to increase their levels of help and encouragement during particularly tough times. Ideally, he says, training programs could help supervisors differentiate between situations in which they should offer support versus those in which they should take a step back.

Then, of course, there are bosses that truly don’t have their employees’ best interests at heart. If yours is one of those, try not to let him or her bring you down. Instead, take a cue from this study—and use that lack of support as motivation to find something better.


Lady Gaga FaceTimed Prince William to Talk About the Importance of Discussing Mental Health

The latest from: http://www.health.com/syndication/lady-gaga-prince-william-mental-health-video

This article originally appeared on Time.com. 

Another member of the British royal family is speaking out about mental health, this time in a video with one of the world’s biggest pop stars.

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Days after Prince Harry spoke about the personal struggles he faced after losing his mother, Princess Diana, at age 12, Prince William and Lady Gaga had a conversation on breaking the stigma surrounding frank discourse about mental health issues, in a video produced for the prince’s charity, Heads Together.

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“I read your open letter you wrote the other day, and I thought it was incredibly moving and brave of you to write down such personal feelings,” William told Gaga over FaceTime, before asking her how it made her feel.

“It made me very nervous at first,” the singer replied. Opening up about mental well being “can make a huge difference,” she added. “I feel like we are not hiding anymore, we’re starting to talk. And that’s what we need to do.”

In recent years, the “Born This Way” and “Joanne” singer has shared her mental health challenges, from depression and anxiety to post-traumatic stress.

The four-minute video has garnered more than 2,600 retweets and 5,600 likes in just over an hour after it was posted on Gaga’s Twitter timeline.


Meet the First Woman to Earn a NCAA Football Scholarship

The latest from: http://www.health.com/syndication/meet-the-first-woman-to-earn-an-ncaa-football-scholarship

This article originally appeared on People.com. 

When Becca Longo signed her letter of intent to play college football on National Signing Day on Febuary 1, she was excited about the personal milestone in her own life.

Moments later, she discovered that it was a huge, history-making moment for women in sports, too.

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Longo is the first woman to receive college football scholarship from a D-II school or higher. She signed with at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, as a kicker, the same position she played in high school.

“I had no idea,” Longo tells PEOPLE.”It didn’t really kick in until a couple hours after, I just thought I was signing a piece of paper to go play the sport I love again. Even right now, I’m still shocked. It just doesn’t feel real.”

Growing up with a brother 11 years older than she was, 18-year-old Longo said there wasn’t much opportunity for shared interests between the siblings — except for football, their “happy medium.” Her older brother played on his high school team, and would pass around a ball with his sister on the weekends. There was a female player on his high school team, too, so he didn’t think anything of it.

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So when high school rolled around, Longo tried out for the football team her sophomore year, making the junior varsity squad. She transferred schools the next year, and because of rules that apply to switching schools, had to sit out her junior year. She returned for her senior year, and started thinking that football was something she wanted to pursue at a collegiate level.

Longo recorded a highlights film to showcase her skills, and send it out to a number of schools. She received multiple responses, one of which was from Adams State. After her season wrapped up, the offensive coordinator traveled to Longo’s hometown of Chandler, Arizona, to speak with her in person about attending the school — and a potential football scholarship.

A month later, she visited Adams State, and “fell in love” with the school.

“Everyone was so warm and welcoming,” she says of her visit to the school. “I just loved everything about it.”

Since her story has started gaining national attention, Longo says she’s received support from people all over the country. But that hasn’t been the case for the bulk of her football career thus far. She received pushback for her decision to play football in the first place, and then, to pursue the sport at a collegiate level, “all the time,” she says.

“I Got a Lot of Negativity”

Before her first-ever high school football game, Longo, like the rest of her teammates, wore her jersey to school. Countless classmates made fun of her, asking her if she was wearing her own jersey or her boyfriends.

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“I got a lot of negativity, and people saying I couldn’t do it,” she said. “But that’s just what pushed me to do what I’m doing.”

But the people have never been anything but in her corner? Her Basha High School teammates, whom Longo calls her “brothers,” and her high school coach. They’ve never treated her any differently than any other member of the team, she says — they were even the ones who encouraged her to try to play in college. The experience of playing alongside them is one Longo says she’ll cherish forever.

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“It’s just going to hang out with your best friends everyday after school,” she says. “That’s what they are to me, they’re my brothers. “I’ve created memories with them that i’m going to carry on for the rest of my life.”

And from the start, her Adams State experience was similar. Longo says that in her conversations Timm Rosenbach, head coach for Adams State (and a former NFL quarterback) and other Adams State coaching and recruiting staff, her gender was never a topic of conversation.

“He didn’t treat me like a girl,” she says. “He treats me like a football player.”

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Rosenbach echoed that sentiment in an interview with the Arizona Republic. 

“I don’t look at it that way,” he said. “My wife is a former pro athlete. I see her as a football player who earned it.”

As for life after Adams State? Longo says that she’s focusing on the present for now, but wouldn’t mind making history in the NFL, too.

“If the opportunity was provided, I’d definitely take it,” she says. “But I’m just trying to grasp what’s going on right now.”

And for those who want to follow in her cleats?

Longo says: “People need to stop listening to others and let them influence their mindset. They just need to go and do what they love.”


North Carolina Mom of Four Dies After Complaining of Migraine: 'We’re Still in Shock,' Says Husband

The latest from: http://www.health.com/syndication/north-carolina-mom-of-four-dies-suddenly-after-complaining-migraine

This article originally appeared on People.com. 

A North Carolina family is reeling after the sudden death of a mother of four who died from a brain aneurysm after complaining of a severe migraine.

On April 1, Eric and Lee Broadway sat outside their home in Matthews, North Carolina, to enjoy a cup of coffee and discuss plans for Lee’s upcoming 42nd birthday before Eric had to head to work.

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Just a few hours later, Lee texted Eric that she needed him to come home immediately because she was experiencing the worst headache of her life.

Lee had suffered from hereditary migraines since she was 8 years old, but this episode was different.

“I raced home and took her to the ER,” Eric, 43, tells PEOPLE. “I knew this couldn’t be good because I’ve seen her deal with pain before.”

Two days later, on April 3, Lee died from complications of what ended up being a brain aneurysm at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte.

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Symptoms of migraines and brain aneurysms, which occur when a blood vessel in the brain weakens, can be similar, but the conditions are not related. The headache associated with a brain aneurysm is often described as the “worst headache” ever experienced, according to the Mayo Clinic, who advises seeking immediate medical attention if you develop a “sudden, extremely severe headache.”

A Lifelong Love

Eric and Lee’s love story began in middle school when they first became friends.

“I kept on setting her up with my friends in high school,” he says, “but then I realized I wanted her.”

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Lee felt the same way. At 18, she became pregnant with the couple’s first child, Adair, who is now 22 and recently graduated from the Art Institute of Charlotte.

“Becoming a mom was the best thing to happen to her,” says Eric. “She was an awesome mom. She fell right into it and found something she loved.”

The couple expanded their family, welcoming two daughters —Averi, 16, Alex, 10 — and their son, Adrien, 8.

“She didn’t want to stop until we had a boy and we were able to make that happen,” says Eric, who owns a tile installation company. “We started young so there were some tough times, but we figured it out. We were happy.”

The weekend of Lee’s death, all four children were out of town.

“Adair was in Key West and the other three were with their grandparents in the mountains,” says Eric. “So on my way to the hospital, I called my mother-in-law to let her know her daughter was in the hospital.”

Eric says watching his wife in so much pain was the hardest thing he has ever gone through.

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“She was begging to have the pain go away,” he says. “As a husband, you want to protect your wife and help her, but there was nothing I could do.”

His mother-in-law left the three kids with her brother and drove with her husband to be by her daughter’s side.

After Lee was transferred from a local hospital to one in Charlotte, Eric received some good news — he was told that Lee’s brain aneurysm was ranked a Grade 2 out of 5.

“One or two is what you want to have,” says Eric. “We were told she would be okay.”

“Still in Shock”

The next day, on April 2, doctors said they were able to fix the aneurysm after a procedure.

“The doctor came out and said everything looked good. We got the thumbs up and took a deep breath,” Eric recalls. “We knew she was going to be in some pain but that she’d be with us.”

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But less than two hours later, while Eric was waiting for Lee in recovery, the doctor came out like her “hair was on fire” and said there had been a complication, according to Eric. Another 10 hours went by before the family heard any news. This time, the doctor told them she wanted to meet with the family in a conference room.

“She took us all in and all I heard was, ‘There is nothing we can for her,’ ” says Eric. “I ran out and lost it.”

Eric says Lee had bled out and was considered brain dead.

“We’re still in shock,” he says. “Especially for the kids. They’re all grieving in their own ways.”

Eric didn’t want to tell their oldest Adair — who was making a long drive back from Florida —  that her mom was in the hospital until she got back.

After telling her, she broke down in tears. Since her tragic death, their 8-year-old son has had trouble processing the news and continues to ask if she’s still in the hospital.

“I’ve tried to explain, but it’s hard,” says Eric. “It’s difficult to say she’s no longer with us.”

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A GoFundMe page has been created to help the family with medical expenses.

Since the tragedy, the entire Broadway family continues to grieve while making sure they keep the beloved wife and mother’s memory alive.

On Easter, which Eric describes as a “horrible day” because it was Lee’s favorite holiday, the family still had an Easter egg hunt for the kids. And on April 8, which would have been Lee’s 42nd birthday, they had over 100 people at their house to honor Lee.

“We let 42 balloons go and celebrated her life,” he says. “We talked about her and all of our memories.”


Migraine or Aneurysm? Neurosurgeon Weighs in on Warning Signs to Watch Out for After Mom of Four's Shocking Death

The latest from: http://www.health.com/syndication/migraine-or-aneurysm-neurologist-weighs-in-on-warning-signs-to-watch-out-for-after-mom-of-four-shocking-death

This article originally appeared on People.com. 

After a North Carolina mother of four suddenly died on April 3 following a ruptured brain aneurysm after thinking she had a severe migraine, a leading neurologist wants people to know the warning signs — and also keep in mind that the medical condition is extremely rare.

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Dr. Howard A. Riina, professor and vice chairman of neurosurgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, tells PEOPLE that the pain associated with a brain aneurysm is described as the “worst headache of someone’s life. It’s not surprising for someone to come into the emergency room — even if they have a history of headaches or migraines — and say they feel like they’ve been struck by lightening or have a headache that brought them to their knees. It’s this severe, severe headache that’s out of the ordinary.”

“If you have a headache and nausea, I wouldn’t go running to the hospital,” Riina adds. “People who have migraines that are quite severe say that a headache [associated with an aneurysm] was worse than any they’ve ever had.

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“People with migraines sometimes have auras, but they have routines and things they do to help relieve the headache — being in a dark, quiet room and taking medicine, things like that. But if that doesn’t help, it could be an aneurysm. It’s a very unique headache and really the main symptom is feeling like this headache is like none you’ve ever had.”

Dr. Riina also says that brain aneurysms are very rare.

“It’s somewhere between 30,000 to 50,000 cases a year,” he says. “And ruptured aneurysms are a much smaller percentage.”

Riina says that around 5-10 percent of the population is estimated to actually be walking around with an aneurysm without any symptoms.

“A lot of people get an MRI or CT scan and [the aneurysms are] picked up by our non-invasive imaging studies that are being done all the time,” he says. “These patients are then referred with unruptured aneurysms and, depending on the size and location, different recommendations are made of when to treat it and when to follow up.”

But not all aneurysms rupture, says Riina.

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“Statistically, an unruptured aneurysm — depending on it’s size — might have a 1 to 2 percent chance of bleeding each year,” he says.

So who is at risk for a brain aneurysm? Dr. Riina says family history can play a role.

“If you had a parent, uncle, brother, sister or cousin that had an aneurysm, you should mention it to your primary care physician or your neurologist,” he says. “The same goes for certain conditions.”

Polycystic kidney disease and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome — a connected tissue disorder — are two conditions associated with aneurysms, according to Riina. He also says that certain lifestyle choices, such as smoking, can increase someone’s chances of getting an aneurysm.

“Unless you have a family history or one of these conditions, the likelihood that you’ll have [an aneurysm] is pretty low,” he says. “The average person doesn’t need to run off and get a screening.”

RELATED: 10 Foods That May Trigger a Migraine

Lee Broadway, the mother of four who recently died of complications following a brain aneurysm, was told she was at a Grade 2 when she initially arrived at the hospital, her husband, Eric Broadway, told PEOPLE.

“We grade ruptured aneurysm’s by 1 to 5,” says Dr. Riina, who has no connection to Lee’s case. “One is someone who is wide awake and 5 is someone who is in a deep coma. [Lee] was in a good grade when she came in, and it sounds like they were treating her endovascularly, but something happened.”

Eric says his wife had bled out following a procedure and was considered brain dead.

Historically, says Dr. Riina, there are two ways to treat aneurysms.

“One involves an incision of the head, a window in the bone and putting a metal clip on the aneurysm,” he says, which is called clipping. “The other is called endovascular, where we go through the artery in the leg or arm. We bring a tiny plastic tube up to the aneurysm, we either fill it with tiny metal coils or we place a stent —just like a stent in the heart or a dense kind of stent called a flow diverter.”

The goal is secure the aneurysm to prevent it from bleeding again in the future and allow the patient to recover.“People can be treated with variety of techniques that are minimally invasive and they do well,” he says.


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