‘Game of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke survived 2 aneurysms between seasons of hit show – USA TODAY

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CLOSE "Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke suffered two aneurysms during her time on Game of Thrones. Her first occurred after filming season one. USA TODAY Emilia Clarke revealed for the first time Thursday that she has experienced two aneurysms during her time on "Game of Thrones" – and the first came when she was just 24 years old. In an essay for The New Yorker Thursday titled "A Battle For My Life, " the "Game of Thrones" actress, now 32, opened up about the life-threatening events, explaining the first aneurysm came as she was working out right after filming wrapped on Season 1 of the popular HBO series. "I immediately felt as though an elastic band were squeezing my brain, " she said. "I tried to ignore the pain and push through it, but I just couldn’t." After being transported to the hospital, she was sent for an MRI.  "The diagnosis was quick and ominous: a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a life-threatening type of stroke, caused by bleeding into the space surrounding the brain, " she said. "I’d had an aneurysm, an arterial rupture. As I later learned, about a third of ....


Winter is here: How to catch up on ‘Game of Thrones’ before final season premiere Oscars 2019: Emilia Clarke guarantees the 'Game of Thrones' finale will 'shock' fans Now, Clarke says she is telling her truth after "keeping quiet all these years" and is looking forward to the future. "In the years since my second surgery, I have healed beyond my most unreasonable hopes. I am now at 100 percent, " she said. "There is something gratifying, and beyond lucky, about coming to the end of 'Thrones.' I’m so happy to be here to see the end of this story and the beginning of whatever comes next." More: Was Luke Perry too young to have a fatal stroke? Not really More: Kit Harington sought therapy after Jon Snow's epic 'Game of Thrones' twist Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2019/03/21/emilia-clarke-reveals-she-survived-2-life-threatening-aneurysms/3234475002/. .

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