Brain Aneurysm Awareness

What is a brain aneurysm and why should we be aware of it?

A brain aneurysm is a bulging, weak area in the the wall of an artery in the brain. One in fifty people have a un-ruptured brain aneurysm. Depending on where the aneurysm is determines what symptoms one might fell. The brain aneurysm pushes on parts of the brain causing headaches, blurred vision, changed speech, and neck pain. In rare cases the brain aneurysm will rupture causing a stroke leading to death or brain damage. 40% of patients with a brain aneurysm die. The patients that survive around 66% suffer brain damage. About 1 out of 10,000 brain aneurysms rupture.

There are three types of aneurysms saccular, fusiform and dissecting. Saccular the most common looks like a berry and has a short stem. 90% of all aneurysms are saccular. A fusifrom aneurysm bulges out on all sides forming a dilated artery. These most commonly occur in coherence with atherosclerosis. Dissecting aneurysms form from a cut in the inner wall of an artery causing blood to leak into the layers of the artery walls.

Some risk factors for contracting brain aneurysms are if family members contacted brain aneurysm, if you had a brain aneurysm before, high blood pressure, smoking, or have atherosclerosis.

The problem with Brain aneurysms is that we don't check for them we only find them will looking for something else. If we were to have routine check ups for brain aneurysms it would get rid of the problem. Even when brain aneurysms are found some choose to not treat it.

There are two types of treatment for a ruptured brain aneurysm. Clipping a procedure which involves removing a section of the skull and putting a metal clip on the stem of the brain aneurysm restricting blood flow. The other procedure is endovascular coiling a hollow plastic tube is inserted into an artery and then uses a guide wire to push a soft platinum wire through the tube and into the aneurysm. The wire coils up creating a blood clot to stop blood flow to the aneurysm.

One way you could help would be to donate to the brain aneurysm foundation. Who are dedicated to providing early awareness for brain aneurysms.

Brain Aneurysm questioner: Have you ever had a severe Headache?Neck pain?Nausea and vomiting?Sensitivity to light?Fainting or loss of conscious?Seizures? These are symptoms of a ruptured brain aneurysm.


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