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Woman's Artery Ruptures After Wave Hits Her Neck

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They say there's nothing that a day at the beach can't fix.

You get your daily dose of vitamin D, which promotes bone health, and the salt water is great for your skin, giving you minerals like magnesium, calcium, and potassium.

Being at the beach has also been found to be amazing for your mental health.

The sensation of sand on your feet, water on your skin, and the sound of lapping waves will trigger calmness and give you energy.

Having said all that, there are a lot of hazards at the beach that most people don't ever think of.

Of course, the dangers of excessive sun exposure is something people are aware of when its hot and the sun is shining, but there are a lot of other unusual ways people have injured themselves on their relaxing day.

This summer, one woman was impaled by a beach umbrella after it was uprooted by a strong gust of wind.

Luckily, first responders were quick to the scene and were able to stop the bleeding.

In another unusual case, one woman's artery ruptured after a beach wave struck her neck.


A 60-year-old woman from Ireland was enjoying a beach vacation when things took a turn for the worst.

While swimming in the ocean, a wave suddenly hit her neck so hard that it ruptured one of her arteries, according to a recent report published in the journal BMJ Case Reports.

The unnamed woman was first diagnosed with Horner syndrome, which is a rare condition that results in a smaller pupil size, a drooping eyelid, and less sweating on the affected side of the face.

All this came after her right carotid artery, which is one of four arteries in the neck that delivers blood to the brain, was ruptured.

The woman was treated with anti-clotting drugs at first, but the treatment was stopped.

Since patients with carotid artery dissection are at higher risk of getting a stroke, she was put on this medication once again.

Fortunately, six months later, the authors noted that the woman's artery injury had healed.

[H/T: Fox News/ Live Science]

Has anything unusual happened to you while at the beach?

Moojan has been a writer at Shared for a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.