Unexpected Passing: Queenzy Cheng’s Death Linked to Possible Aneurysm Triggered by Blow-Drying
Everyone was shocked by the sudden passing of 37-year-old singer-actress Queenzy Cheng on 28 Nov, a Tuesday.
The cause of death was identified as a ruptured brain aneurysm, an unexpected and tragic event.
Initially, Queenzy experienced a sudden onset of dizziness accompanied by severe headaches.
These symptoms rapidly escalated, leading her to vomit what appeared to be stomach acid or saliva.
As she awaited the arrival of paramedics, her condition worsened; her heart rate increased significantly, and her lips, hands, and feet turned a concerning shade of purple.
And tragically, before the ambulance arrived, she had passed away.
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A brain aneurysm, such as the one Queenzy suffered from, occurs when there is a bulge in a weakened area of an artery in or near the brain.
The rupture or leakage of this aneurysm can lead to severe brain bleeding, potentially causing damage to the surrounding brain tissue and leading to a stroke or, in the worst cases, death.
In an interview with China Press, Dr Eugene Chooi offered insights into Queenzy’s condition.
He mentioned that Queenzy likely had a hereditary illness, as her boyfriend had noted her generally healthy condition, with the only known family medical history being her father’s ear fluid imbalance.
Dr Chooi pointed out that the symptoms Queenzy experienced — dizziness, pain, and nausea — were consistent with either an aneurysm or an arteriovenous malformation.
Intriguingly, Dr Chooi speculated that the act of blow-drying her hair might have inadvertently contributed to the rupture.
He noted that after blow-drying her hair, Queenzy reported feeling dizzy and nauseous and complained of a headache.
These symptoms, while indicative of a potential health issue, are also common signs of fatigue or tiredness, and might not have been immediately recognised as serious due to her busy work schedule.
The possibility that something as routine as blow-drying hair could trigger such a devastating event is alarming.
Wah.. now how to distinguish between a simple headache from lack of sleep and a more serious condition?
Sadly, brain aneurysms often go undetected and unnoticed.
However, the application of heat from a blow dryer could potentially increase blood circulation, leading to the rupture of an aneurysm.
This can result in blood accumulating within the brain, causing the heart to pump faster in response.
It’s important to note that aneurysms can be hereditary. HealthHub lists common symptoms of an aneurysm to watch out for:
- Sudden, extremely severe headaches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stiff neck
- Back pain
- Blurred or double vision
- Drooping eyelid
- Sensitivity to light
- Transient loss of consciousness
Early detection and treatment are vital.
Aneurysms are not typically identified through conventional physical examinations and often require a computed tomography angiography (CTA) for confirmation.
Most importantly, getting an appointment for this procedure can take time.
In Singapore, approximately 120 people suffer from a ruptured aneurysm annually, as stated by Dr Vincent Ng, the head and senior consultant for neurosurgery at the National Neuroscience Institute, in 2020.
However, the most critical aspect to be aware of is that the symptoms of a brain aneurysm can manifest rapidly and can escalate to critical levels within minutes.
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