Causes and Risk Factors of a Brain Aneurysm

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Brain Aneurysm
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For more than 15 years, Dr. Badih Adada has been working as a neurosurgeon. Currently working for Cleveland Clinic in Florida, he provides surgical treatments for complex pathologies of the brain. Board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, Dr. Badih Adada specializes in skull base and vascular neurosurgery, as well as brain aneurysms.

Brain aneurysms are most commonly located in the Circle of Willis, which is a junction of four arteries near the base of the brain. They result from a thinning of the artery walls and can be caused by several different things. Although aneurysms don’t form solely because of genetics, there is a link between the condition and family history. Individuals who have a family history of brain aneurysms are more likely to develop one than those with no family history. Further, personal history of aneurysms results in an increased risk of developing a second or third aneurysm later on.

There have been links made between the risk of brain aneurysms and gender and race. In general, African-Americans are more likely than whites to experience a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Women are also more likely to suffer this and they are more at risk of developing an aneurysm. High blood pressure, trauma, and abnormal blood flow in the Circle of Willis also increase risk. Once a brain aneurysm has formed, excessive exercise, sexual intercourse, and intense anger can all increase the risk of the aneurysm rupturing.

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Criteria for the CNS Seal of Approval

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An alumnus of the University of Montreal, neurosurgeon Dr. Badih Adada counts with over 14 years of practice in his field. Since 2008, he has been affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida. Dr. Badih Adada belongs to several professional societies and organizations, including the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS).

Established in 1951, CNS is a non-profit organization dedicated to becoming a leader in advancing the medical subspecialty of neurosurgery through innovation and education. In order to achieve its mission, the organization actively collaborates with other organizations that share in its mission of improving the professional education of neurosurgeons. While these organizations make continuing education accessible for practitioners, it is the responsibility of CNS to ensure that these educational programs adhere to the same high standards of the programs that CNS offers.

To ensure the quality of these educational activities, CNS invites organizers to apply for the CNS Seal of Approval. CNS reviews all applications and judges them based on a set of criteria. The primary criterion for the approval of an activity is that it should serve to maintain or increase the knowledge and skills of neurosurgeons in their own practice. Although programs are evaluated based on alignment with the mission statement of CNS, they should also be unique and not conflict with any of the organization’s own products and services.

Activities that are organized for the sole purpose of making a profit will not be recognized. Moreover, the program should be conducted in either the US or Canada.

The Responsibility of a Bioethics Committee

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Bioethics Committee
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Beginning in 2008, Dr. Badih Adada has served Cleveland Clinic Florida, in the city of Weston, as a neurosurgeon. Specializing in vascular brain malformations and brain aneurysms and tumors, Dr. Badih Adada has developed programs for the clinic designed specifically for Parkinson’s and epilepsy surgical procedures. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Adada has offered his expertise as a teacher, author, and a member of several medical related committees, such as the Bioethics Committee at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC).

Medical ethics, defined as a set of moral principles that attach judgments and values to medical practices, are applied in medical settings as well as in education and training curricula. When the AUBMC established their Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program, for example, the program instituted bedside medical ethics consultations in order to achieve more comprehensive patient evaluations. While the program took on an important role alongside the clinical aspects of patient care, it has been often the cause of conflict between members of the medical team. The hospital ethics committee is tasked with resolving these often emotional and multifaceted matters affecting medical practices.