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Brain Aneurysm

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by Neff DM

(Cerebral Aneurysm; Intracranial Aneurysm; Intracerebral Aneurysm; Aneurysm, Brain; Aneurysm, Cerebral; Aneurysm, Intracranial; Aneurysm, Intracerebral)

 

Diagnosis

Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. Tests may include the following:
 

Prevention

In many cases, there is no known way to prevent an aneurysm from forming. To help reduce your chances of getting a brain aneurysm or having it burst, take the following steps:
  • Control high blood pressure
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid recreational drug use
  • Discuss with your doctor:
    • Benefits and risks of oral contraceptives
    • Whether it is safe to use daily aspirin or other pain medicines that may thin the blood
 

RESOURCES

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation
http://www.bafound.org

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
http://www.ninds.nih.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Brain Injury Association of Alberta
http://www.biaa.ca

Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada
http://www.heartandstroke.ca

 

References


Brain Aneurysm Foundation Information website. Available at: http://www.bafound.org/info/factors.php. Accessed May 10, 2010.


Cerebral Aneurysm. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated May 2011. Accessed May 29, 2011


Kirchheimer S. Subarachnoid hemorrhage. EBSCO Patient Education Reference Center. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/thisTopic.php?marketID=16&topicID=1034. Published March 1, 2010. Accessed April 26, 2010.


Mayo Clinic. Brain aneurysm. Mayo Clinic website. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/brain-aneurysm/DS00582. Accessed October 28, 2010.


National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Cerebral aneurysm fact sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebral%5Faneurysm/detail%5Fcerebral%5Faneurysm.htm. Updated February 3, 2010. Accessed April 26, 2010.


Vlak M, Rinkel, Gabriel J, et al. Trigger factors and their attributable risk for rupture of intracranial aneurysms: a case-crossover study. Stroke. 2011 May 5.

 

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