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Brain Aneurysm FAQs

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Roughly 30,000 people suffer a ruptured brain aneurysm each year in America. It’s important to know more about this potentially fatal condition to keep your brain healthy. Discover the answers to frequently asked questions about brain aneurysms.

Why does a brain aneurysm occur?

When an artery in the brain becomes weak, it may create a pouch-like bulge. This bulge causes the artery walls to stretch, weakening the artery, and causing it to rupture.

Is a ruptured brain aneurysm fatal?

When a brain aneurysm ruptures, it causes blood to leak into the brain. This bleeding will trigger a hemorrhagic stroke which can drastically interfere with how the brain operates. Ruptured brain aneurysms are not always fatal, but the patient will likely have a drastic change in their health.

Can a brain aneurysm leak?

Yes, a “leaking” brain aneurysm is considered a sentinel bleed. A sentinel bleed is a warning sign from your brain signaling that the aneurysm will likely rupture soon. A leaking aneurysm will produce a sudden, severe headache. It’s important to seek medical attention immediately.

What are the symptoms of a ruptured brain aneurysm?

In addition to a severe, crippling headache, you may experience the following symptoms of a ruptured brain aneurysm:

  • A drooping eyelid
  • Double vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Nausea
  • Seizure
  • Unable to turn neck
  • Unconsciousness
  • Vomiting

Don’t ignore any of these symptoms, even if you are only experiencing one.

Are certain people at risk?

People who are at high-risk of developing a brain aneurysm are those who are older, drink an excess of alcohol, abuse drugs (especially cocaine), have high blood pressure, or smoke cigarettes. A person’s lifestyle has a direct impact on the health of their brain. Choose daily to live a healthy life – your brain will thank you.

If you have an unruptured brain aneurysm, surgery is likely required for treatment. Call us today: 478-743-7092