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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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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