Causes and Risk Factors of a 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.

Signs of Brain Aneurysm

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Dr. Badih Adada is an accomplished neurosurgeon who has performed more than 4,000 procedures throughout his 14-year career. Treating patients in Florida, Dr. Badih Adada has performed various neurosurgical procedures to help treat conditions such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and brain aneurysms.

According to the American Stroke Association, between 1.5 and 5 percent of people will be found to have a brain aneurysm at some point in their lives. Due to the serious nature of this condition, it’s important to recognize the symptoms in the event you or a loved one is in the precarious position of having to deal with an aneurysm.

According to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, an aneurysm that has not ruptured can be hard to diagnose, because it produces little to no symptoms. If the aneurysm is large enough, however, certain indicators may present themselves. The following symptoms could be indicative of an aneurysm.

-Headache in only one spot.
-Pain above or behind the eye.
-Unusual pupil dilation.
-Blurry or double vision.
-Weakness and/or numbness.
-Slurring of speech.

Additionally, if the aneurysm has ruptured, blood can spill into the areas around the brain, also causing a severe headache.

Seek the immediate attention of a qualified medical professional if these symptoms present themselves. A physician can accurately diagnose whether an aneurysm is present and work through the next steps that need to be taken.