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The ‘silent killer’ lurks in hot weather and air conditioning
大熱天進出冷氣房 小心腦動脈瘤爆裂

Ko Chung-po, a neurosurgeon at Tungs’ Taichung MetroHarbor Hospital, points to a computed tomography angiography (CTA) scan of a brain aneurysm patient in Greater Taichung on July 18.
童綜合醫院神經外科醫師柯宗伯,七月十八日於台中指著一張腦動脈瘤爆裂患者的電腦斷層血管攝影檢查畫面。

Photo: Ou Su-mei, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者歐素美

Significant differences in temperature, continually being in the sultry heat, basking in the sun outdoors and then cooling off in air-conditioned rooms can increase one’s risk of heatstroke, and causes a lurking chance of having a brain aneurysm. Tungs’ Taichung MetroHarbor Hospital recently treated several brain aneurysm patients who were all saved by having emergency surgeries.

A 39-year-old woman, surnamed Wei, after suffering an intense headache that came out of the blue and subsequently going into a coma, was rushed to the hospital by her family. Ko Chung-po, a neurosurgeon at the hospital, used a computed tomography angiography (CTA) scan to confirm that she was having a brain aneurysm. Wei has been recovering well at the hospital after doctors performed a craniotomy, surgically clipped the aneurysm and removed the blood clots.

A 62-year-old woman, surnamed Liu, who was also at home when she suddenly had a headache, was taken to the hospital for a checkup, where it was discovered that she had hemorrhaging in the brain. After being transferred to Tungs’ Taichung MetroHarbor Hospital, it was confirmed that she was having a brain aneurysm and an emergency operation was able to save her life.

Ko says that with the changing of the seasons, temperatures can differ widely or drop suddenly, which can increase one’s risk of having a brain aneurysm. Most people are unaware when they are having a brain aneurysm, and that is why the condition is often called the “silent killer.”

Groups most at risk of having brain aneurysms include people with high blood pressure, and those people who smoke or drink alcohol excessively.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. air-conditioned adj.

有空調的 (you3 kong1 tiao2 de5)

例: Are the rooms at that hotel air-conditioned?

(那家飯店的房間有空調嗎?)

2. heatstroke n.

中暑 (zhong4 shu3)

例: Wearing light-colored clothes and staying hydrated can help prevent heatstroke.

(穿著淺色衣服和不斷補充水分對預防中暑有幫助。)

3. coma n.

昏迷 (hun1 mi2)

例: An Australian university student woke up from a coma earlier this month allegedly able to speak Mandarin fluently.

(澳洲籍大學生昏迷醒來後,竟能說一口流利的華文。)


天氣炎熱,戶外曬太陽、室內吹冷氣,溫差大容易中暑,更潛藏腦血管動脈瘤破裂危機,童綜合醫院最近即接獲多起腦血管動脈瘤破裂病例,患者經緊急開刀挽回一命。

三十九歲的魏姓婦人在家莫名劇烈頭痛,並陷入昏迷,家人將她緊急送醫,經童綜合醫院神經外科醫師柯宗伯施以電腦斷層血管攝影檢查,確診為腦血管動脈瘤破裂,經開顱動脈瘤夾除手術,清除血塊,術後恢復良好,目前住院中。

六十二歲劉姓婦人也在家中突感頭痛,到醫院檢查發現腦內有出血狀況,立即轉送童綜合醫院,醫師確診為動脈瘤破裂出血,也是緊急手術後挽回一命。

柯宗伯表示,季節交替,溫差變化大或溫度驟降,皆容易引發腦血管動脈瘤破裂,許多患者在病發前並不知自己患有腦血管動脈瘤,因而又有「隱形殺手」之稱。

高血壓、抽菸或飲酒過量,都是腦血管動脈瘤的高危險群。

(自由時報記者歐素美)

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