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How To Prevent A Brain Aneurysm
Can propranolol help prevent a brain aneurysm from rupturing? If not, what kinds of medicines are typically used?
Good question: If you have high blood pressure, propranolol, among other medications, if the BP can be lowered, can help prevent the progression of brain aneurysms. Smoking cessation is very important. We are doing some work to see if hormones may represent another nonsurgical preventative measure. Please see brain aneurysm center for women at www.Chicagoaneurysm.Com for more information. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nothing definite: There is about a 5% incidence of brain artery aneurysm. People with first order relatives who have had a bleed from an aneurysm have a 4 times more likely chance of having an aneurysm. Smoking and maybe high blood pressure have a relation. Don't smoke, get regular checkup's and don't use drugs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Incompletely known: This is incompletely understood. It starts with a localized weakness in blood vessels, no known way to predict in whom. Risk factors include cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, increasing age, rare predisposing weaknesses of arteries known as "familial aneurysms" and some rare predisposing conditions, which your doctor should evaluate. If headaches are present, get screening with mri/mra. ...Read more
What causes brain aneurysm and how to prevent them? Are they pathologic or genetic related disease?
I read I should avoid chocolate with an 8m brain aneurysm or will it increase my blood pressure. Is this correct? Thanks
Yes: After a ruptured brain aneurysm, a patient can live a normal life after surgical/endovascular treatment of the aneurysm. It is important to secure the aneurysm and obliterate it to prevent a of re-bleed.Aggressive treatment up front to prevent potential causes of further insult to the brain are important-ie.Prevent rebleed, treat hydrocephalus, treat vasospasm (spasming of brain vessels post-bleed). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Great question: This is actually an area of great interest for research. Smoking is thought to contribute to weaknening of the arteries and this is an important risk factor. We are actually pursuing research on hormones and their role in the strength of blood vessels. Please see brain aneurysm center for women at www.Chicagoaneurysm.Com for more information. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Growing up I saw first-hand what it was like to have brain aneurysm. How can I avoid getting it like my parent?
Developmental: Brain aneurysms are developmental abnormalities, occurring at the branches of brain arteries, where the internal elastic membrane is absent. Their development is not under our control, but the one thing we can do is to make sure we keep out blood pressure in appropriate range. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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