Understanding Brain Aneurysms
Within our bodies are important blood vessels called arteries, which carry blood from the heart to the rest of our organs. If a weak spot develops along an artery wall, that artery may begin to bulge, resembling a balloon filling with air.
Aneurysm is the medical term for a bulging artery. If the bulging artery is located in your brain, it is called a brain aneurysm (also known as cerebral aneurysm).
If a brain aneurysm ruptures, meaning the bulge has burst, blood will leak into your brain. This is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical treatment.
While there are a number of risk factors for brain aneurysms – smoking, high blood pressure, age over 40, being a woman, alcohol or drug use, and traumatic brain injury – one risk factor not as well known is having a family history of brain aneurysm. Board member Ajay K. Wakhloo, MD, PhD, chief of neuro-interventional radiology and a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine says, “Advocating for a screening program is an important preventive measure. In our community, we see familial incidence of brain aneurysms in approximately 15 percent of people.”
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Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a proclamation recognizing September as Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month.
Justin Taylor of Yulee, Florida is someone whose life was forever altered when his mother passed away at the age of 36 from a ruptured brain aneurysm.
Thanks to advances in screening and treatment options, Brittney Castro is one of a growing number of people with a family history of brain aneurysm who is alive today to share her story of survival.
Marilyn Pringles is someone who loves to work, work, work! In fact, it can be hard to get her to slow down and take time off. Marilyn who suffered from brain aneurysm is alive today to share her story of survival.
Lisset called that morning and said she had fallen in the middle of a busy street while walking to school. The signs were all too familiar and Reena knew immediately that Lisset had a ruptured brain aneurysm.
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