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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)



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


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


The Brain Aneurysm Foundation

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke



Brain Injury Association of Alberta

Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada



Brain Aneurysm Foundation Information website. Available at: Accessed May 10, 2010.

Cerebral Aneurysm. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated May 2011. Accessed May 29, 2011

Kirchheimer S. Subarachnoid hemorrhage. EBSCO Patient Education Reference Center. Available at: Published March 1, 2010. Accessed April 26, 2010.

Mayo Clinic. Brain aneurysm. Mayo Clinic website. Available at: 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: 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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