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Doctor insights on: How To Prevent A Brain Aneurysm

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Can propranolol help prevent a brain aneurysm from rupturing? If not, what kinds of medicines are typically used?

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 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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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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Afraid of having a brain aneurysm. How can I prevent this?

Afraid of having a brain aneurysm. How can I prevent this?

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 more

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What are the causes of brain aneurysm and how to prevent them?

What are the causes of brain aneurysm and how to prevent them?

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

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I had a brain aneurysm clipped last year and i'm still having headaches. Shouldn't they be gone?

Have it evaluated: It is certainly possible that some of the headaches may be related to surgical healing. However, there are well known long term sequelae from brain aneurysms-particularly if there was a rupture. Delayed hydrocephalus is one of those where the fluid in the ventricles does not absorb as well. This can easily be evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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I'm 16 and have had a couple concussions, could I have a brain aneurysm?

I'm 16 and have had a couple concussions, could I have a brain aneurysm?

Response: Concussions do NOT cause brain aneurysms, and unless you have family hx of vascular malformations, signs of polycystic kidney disease, or abnormalities of your cranial nerves, would suggest not to be concerned regarding aneurysm, ...Read more

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I'm healthy, have low body fat, but otherwise healthy. how to know if I have a brain aneurysm?

I'm healthy, have low body fat, but otherwise healthy. how to know if I have a brain aneurysm?

MRA / Cerebral Angio: A diagnostic test is necessary. The least invasive would be the MRA if there are any questions the a Full Cerebral Angiogram is indicated ...Read more

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I don't want to pass out, I'm really worried about a brain aneurysm. can anyone shed some light on this for me?

I don't want to pass out, I'm really worried about a brain aneurysm. can anyone shed some light on this for me?

A brain aneurysm: is an out pouching of one of the vessels inside of the brain. The biggest concern is if this were to rupture. This in turn, could cause a person to loose consciousness. Monitoring and a discussion with a neurosurgeon about risks and potential for surgery would be warranted depending on size and severity. ...Read more

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Haven't exercised properly in 6 months, I'm terrified that if I work out I'll get a brain aneurysm or some sort of clot and die. But I need to get fit?

Haven't exercised properly in 6 months, I'm terrified that if I work out I'll get a brain aneurysm or some sort of clot and die. But I need to get fit?

Crikey, Juan!: Exercising doesn't cause brain aneurysms. NOT exercising also doesn't cause brain aneurysms. Sedentary people are MORE likely to get "clots" than active people. A healthy 18-y/o has nothing to fear from exercise. It sounds like your real problem is severe anxiety & catastrophic think ...Read more

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What is a brain aneurysm?

What is a brain aneurysm?

Artery wall bulge: Normally blood vessels are smooth and even like a sipping straw. Occasionally the wall weakens from age, trauma, atherosclerosis, plaque and the wall bulges out kind of like blowing bubblegum. The wall becomes thinner than normal thus is prone to rupture which allows for bleeding to occur. Aneurysms can occur on any artery cerebral ( brain) is common, renal, aortic size is important. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of brain aneurysm?

What are symptoms of brain aneurysm?

Worst headache : Unfortunately, the most common symptom of aneurysms in the brain is when they rupture, which is often life threatening. Certain aneurysms can cause eye pain, for example, prior to rupture which can bring them to your attention sooner. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a brain aneurysm?

How to know if I have a brain aneurysm?

You may not: A simple stable aneurysm of a cerebral artery can have no symptoms at all the rupture causing a " thunder clap" inyou head followed by intense headache and changes in consciousness. Occ siezures may occur and vomiting. If you are having frequent heaaches or trusl suspect something see a neurologist get a cat of the brain or cerebral angio depending on the neurologist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of brain aneurysm?

What are the symptoms of brain aneurysm?

Cerebral aneurysm : Cerebral aneurysm can lead to a sudden and unusually severe headache, nausea, vision impairment, vomiting, and loss of consciousness, or it can be asymptomatic. Ruptured aneurysm lead to severe headache, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness and headache. It can also cause stroke like weakness and sometimes seizures. ...Read more

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How likely is surviving a brain aneurysm?

How likely is surviving a brain aneurysm?

Approximately 50%: If it ruptures. Unruptured aneurysms carry a .05-20% risk of bleeding per year. The wide variation in risk is due to aneurysm size, location, shape, and ongoing scientific controversies. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a brain aneurysm.?

Describe the features of a brain aneurysm.?

Size & location: It depends on the location, the size, the rate of growth & whether it has leaked or ruptured. Throbbing headaches which stay in one location are common but must be distinguished from migraine. New onset seizure, partial loss of vision or symptoms of stroke are other typical presentations but none are specific. Ct or MRI can rule in/out an aneurysm reliably. ...Read more

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What ca cause an unruptured brain aneurysm?

What ca cause an unruptured brain aneurysm?

Cerebral aneurysm: read this: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebral_aneurysm/detail_cerebral_aneurysms.htm

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How could i know if I have a brain aneurysm?

How could i know if I have a brain aneurysm?

Brain vessel scan: You might be asking because of a family history. Most brain aneurysms are discovered after they have either ruptured or become large enough to push on important brain structures. Oftentimes, brain vessel scans, (cta, mra or catheter angiography) may show an aneurysm. Most aneurysms discovered by accident don't need treatment. Mra would be recommended for screening. ...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