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Is it possible to prevent a sudden brain aneurysm?

Is it possible to prevent a sudden brain aneurysm?

No: The general consensus is that 1 in 100 people have a brain aneurysm at some point in their life. There can be a higher risk in families, and anyone with a family history should consider getting checked for the presence of this disease. There is no cure or preventative treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Abhineet Chowdhary
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Brain Aneurysm (Definition)

A medical condition in which there is an outpouching of the wall of the blood vessel that supplies the brain. The most serious consequence of this outpouching is that the wall is weakened and can rupture, leading to massive ...Read more


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How to determine if a brain aneurysm just ruptured?

How to determine if a brain aneurysm just ruptured?

Not a subtle event: In the mildest form you would experience a severe headache, most patients who live to tell describe "the worst headache of your life". Patients with a history of headaches (e.g. Migraines) mostly report that this headache is also different from their usual. In more severe forms of a rupture (which is common) the patients mental status is depressed or the patient is comatous. Seizures can occur. ...Read more

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Is it possible to prevent a sudden brain aneurism?

Is it possible to prevent a sudden brain aneurism?

Rumsfeld: According to Donald Rumsfeld, there are the knowns, the known unknowns, and the unknown unknowns. Unfortunately, for the vast majority of people, an aneurysm is an unknown unknown. Unless you have a strong family hx. Then it's a known unknown. ...Read more

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How long does a brain aneurysm take to develop?

How long does a brain aneurysm take to develop?

Unclear: Since we do not routinely scan people with MRI and ct scans of the head, aneurysm growth is a tough thing to measure. If an aneurysm is growing, it is best to treat it regardless of size. ...Read more

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What will happen to your pupils during a stroke or brain aneurysm?

What will happen to your pupils during a stroke or brain aneurysm?

Variable: Depends on part of brain nerves to eyes threatened. Aneurysm may have unilateral signs dilation brain death dilated fixed wide pupils. Depends. ...Read more

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How to tell if a migraine causes brain damage?

How to tell if a migraine causes brain damage?

Unlikely: Brain damage is truly rare with migraine history. However if you are worried for any reason, you should discuss with your doctor and maybe an MRI may be warranted to evaluate the brain structure. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a brain aneurysm to rupture?

How long does it take for a brain aneurysm to rupture?

Anytime: Brain aneurysms can rupture without warning and instantly. If you have one, please see a medical professional so they can give you your personalized set of risks and benefits of treatment. ...Read more

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How does a brain aneurysm differ from a stroke?

How does a brain aneurysm differ from a stroke?

A Future Stroke: An aneurysm is a ballooning of an artery with thinning of the wall. Such a ballooning is at high risk for leakage and rupture which, in the brain, will result in an intracranial bleed with a jet of blood causing actual damage to the brain (a stroke). ...Read more

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How long does it take for a brain aneurysm to develop?

How long does it take for a brain aneurysm to develop?

Unknown: There is no good answer to this question because we have only limited data on exactly how, when and why brain aneurysms develop. Once an aneurysm is identified, if it is non-ruptured and small (<5mm in size), we often follow these with yearly tests to see if the aneurysm is enlarging. In these cases, they tend to grow at varying rates or not grow in size at all. ...Read more

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How can you best prevent a stroke?

How can you best prevent a stroke?

Stroke prevention: If you have afib most patients are recommended to go on Coumadin (warfarin) or two of the newer meds ie Pradaxa or xarelto if there are other risk factors another afib ie smoking, cholesterol, diabetes Aspirin works well. ...Read more

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How much force would be needed to cause a brain hemorrhage?

How much force would be needed to cause a brain hemorrhage?

Not a lot: In fact, we see many patients who have intracranial bleeding from simple falls from a standing position. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if there's a blood brain barrier, how do people get metastatic/secondary brain tumors?

Could you tell me if there's a blood brain barrier, how do people get metastatic/secondary brain tumors?

Imperfect barrier.: The blood brain barrier separates circulating blood from the brain proper. The barrier consists of tight junctions in cells lining the blood vessels in the brain as well as a thick basement membrane and processes from astrocytes (structural/supporting brain cells). This barrier helps to limit pathogens (bacteria) and cancers from entering the brain; however, no physiologic system is "perfect". ...Read more

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How can you tell if its an aneurysm, stroke and embolism?

How can you tell if its an aneurysm, stroke and embolism?

Medical terms: Stroke is technically a catch-all phrase for bleeding or lack of blood flow to a brain area from a blocked artery. An aneurysm usually causes bleeding. A computed tomography scan (ct or cat scan) is the quickest way to show bleeding into or around the brain. It can show vessel blockage and lack of blood flow if the affected area is large enough, if questions remain a MRI scan can show more. ...Read more

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How long could you live with brain bleeding or a brain aneurysm untreated?

Depends: Not sure what you mean by "brain bleeding". As for untreated aneurysm, if the aneurysm is small, regular, is in anterior circulation, if you don't smoke, and you have no family history of subarachnoid hemorrhage (aneurysm bleeding) - then chances are you can live long. But the aneurysm must be monitored: if it changes it probably needs treatment. Where is your aneurysm and how big is it? ...Read more

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How can you know if a brain aneurysm just ruptured?

Headache: Most common symptom for a ruptured brain aneurysm is a headache. It is usually described as a "worst headache of life". It can be associated with other symptoms, such as being confused, sleepy, having weakness, numbness, speech or visual difficulty. This requires immediate medical evaluation. ...Read more

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How long can you live with a brain aneurysm untreated?

How long can you live with a brain aneurysm untreated?

It depends: It depends on the size, the location, and your blood pressure. This absolutely needs to be discussed with a neurologist and/or a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Would a brain injury cause you to get pacns?

Would a brain injury cause you to get pacns?

Not Likely: Primary angiitis of the central nervous system (pacns), is a rare disorder specifically targeting the CNS blood supply. Its' cause is unknown. It is thought to be triggered by infection but no specific agent has been identified. I could find no association with brain injury. ...Read more

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How does injury to a body part eventually lead to a aortic venous fistula?

How does injury to a body part eventually lead to a aortic venous fistula?

AV fistula: I think you mean: "arterial-venous fistula". It requires a particular type of trauma, usually penetrating, such that the wall of an artery and vein (which always are close to each other) are damaged so that their walls are embedded together and/or heal that way. Think of a knife or needle traversing both vessels and compression of tissue that holds the open open channels together. It's infrequent. ...Read more

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How fast does a brain aneurysm develop ?

Weakness in artery: An aneurysm grows because of weakness in the muscle in an artery's wall. Smoking, uncontrolled high blood pressure and some genetic diseases can increase your likelihood of developing aneurysms. ...Read more

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

An aneurysm is an abnormally dilated blood vessel, usually defined as a diameter 2x normal or larger. As weakened vessels get larger, there is risk of potential ...Read more