Joe Lindner, a German fitness influencer, also known as Joesthetics, recently passed away at a young age of 30.
The reason reported for his death is Aneurysm. Aneurysm is a bulge in the weak area of a blood vessel, which leads to ballooning of that area to greater than 50% of the blood vessels normal diameter.
(Acc. to John Hopkins research, “an aneurysm may be located in many areas of the body, such as blood vessels of the brain (cerebral aneurysm), the aorta (the largest artery in the body), the neck, the intestines, the kidney, the spleen, and the vessels in the legs (iliac, femoral, and popliteal aneurysms). The most common location of an aneurysm is the aorta, which carries oxygenated blood from the heart to the body.”
Aneurysm generally keeps increasing in size, which progressively weakens the vessel wall, and can lead to rupture (bursting). With rupture, life-threatening haemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding), and possibly death, may result. That’s why preventing rupture is the main goal of aneurysm prevention.
Aneurysm can be caused by multiple factors:
- Old age
- Family history
- Genetic reasons
- Atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries with plaque)
- Trauma or injury
- Substance abuse
Aneurysm may or may not show any symptoms. Symptoms that may occur with different types of aneurysms may include, but are not limited to:
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA): Constant pain in abdomen, chest, lower back, or groin area
- Cerebral Aneurysm: Sudden severe headache, nausea, vomiting, visual disturbance, loss of consciousness
- Common Iliac Aneurysm: Lower abdominal, back, and/or groin pain
- Femoral and Popliteal Artery Aneurysm: Easily palpated (felt) pulsation of the artery located in the groin area (femoral artery) or on the back of the knee (popliteal artery), pain in the leg, sores on the feet or lower legs.)
Lindner’s girlfriend told that 3 days before his death, he had persistent neck pain. He is suspected to have suffered from Carotid Aneurysm. A carotid artery aneurysm is a bulge in one of the arteries supplying blood to your brain and nearby structures. Atherosclerosis is a common cause. A carotid artery aneurysm may lead to a TIA (mini stroke) or stroke.
The survival rate for those with a ruptured brain aneurysm is about 60% (40% die). For those who survive and recover, about 66% have some permanent neurological defect.
There is no doubt in the fact, that Lindner was continuously using steroids to maintain his chiselled physique. And, abuse of anabolic steroids could have been a reason for aneurysm development.
Acc. to a study, Oral steroid usage is an important risk factor for aneurysm, independent of other risk factors of atherosclerosis.
Lindner also earlier told that he had been diagnosed with rippling muscle disease, a rare genetic condition that causes muscles to become usually sensitive to movement or pressure.