• Brain Aneurysm: What You Should Know!

    The month of September is marked as Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month; What do you know about Brain Aneurysm ? Get enlightened.

    A brain aneurysm (AN-yoo-riz-um) is a bulge or ballooning in a blood vessel in the brain. It often looks like a berry hanging on a stem.

    A brain aneurysm can leak or rupture, causing bleeding into the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). Most often a ruptured brain aneurysm occurs in the space between the brain and the thin tissues covering the brain. A ruptured aneurysm quickly becomes life-threatening and requires prompt medical treatment. Brain aneurysms are most prevalent in people ages 35 – 60, but can occur in children as well, It is also more common in women than men.

    Brain aneurysms develop as a result of thinning artery walls. Aneurysms often form at forks or branches in arteries because those sections of the vessel are weaker.

    Warning Signs/ Symptoms

    • Localized Headache

    • Dilated pupils

    • Blurred or double vision

    • Pain above and behind eye

    • Weakness and numbness

    • Difficulty speaking

    Seek Medical Attention Immediately If You Are Experiencing Some Or All Of These Symptoms:

    • Sudden severe headache, the worst headache of your life

    • Loss of consciousness

    • Nausea/Vomiting

    • Stiff Neck

      Sudden

    • Blurred or double vision

    •  Pain above/behind the eye or difficulty seeing

    • Change in mental status/awareness

    • Trouble walking or dizziness

    • Weakness and numbness

    • Sensitivity to light (photophobia)

    • Seizure

    • Drooping eyelid

    Some risk factors for developing brain aneurysms include:

    • cigarette use,

    • chronic hypertension

    • history of cerebral aneurysms in closely related family members.

    • use of cocaine, crack or amphetamines and

    • polycystic kidney disease.

    Early Detection and Screening

    Brain aneurysms can be similar to heart attacks. Just like a person may have no warning of an impending heart attack, there almost is never a warning that a brain aneurysm is about to rupture.

    Fortunately, through imaging screening techniques like CT Scan, CTA, MRI and MRA. Individuals at high risk of harboring a brain aneurysm can be identified easily with non-invasive imaging tests .

    Treatment

    Treatment for brain aneurysms is more promising than it was several years ago. There are more effective and less invasive treatment options for patients. Doctors consider several factors when deciding which treatment option is best for a particular patient. Some factors include patient age, size of aneurysm and location of aneurysm.

    When to see a doctor

    Seek immediate medical attention if you develop a:

    • Sudden, extremely severe headache

    • If you’re with someone who complains of a sudden, severe headache or who loses consciousness or has a seizure, call 911 or your local emergency number.

    Or

    You have been recently diagnosed with a brain aneurysm

     If You are experiencing symptoms which could potentially be related to a brain aneurysm and you are seeking more information.

    You suffered a sudden hemorrhage from a brain aneurysm.

    Kindly Click Here to get an appointment with a Neuro Surgeon

    Credit: Mayo clinic/BrainAneurysmfoundation

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