A brain aneurysm is a balloon-like bulge in an artery that can form when the pressure of blood passing through a weakened artery forces the vessel to bulge outward. Aneurysms usually grow slowly and may not exhibit any symptoms when they are small. In fact, most aneurysms are discovered incidentally when brain scanning is performed for the evaluation of other neurological conditions.
The risk of aneurysm rupture can be significant depending upon the size and location, as well as other co-existing factors, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure and anticoagulation for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and other diseases.
If an aneurysm ruptures, it will leak blood into the brain with the potential for causing disability or death. Ruptured aneurysms account for 5-10 percent of all strokes, which are the leading cause of long-term disability and the third leading cause of death in this country.
If you or a loved one is exhibiting signs of an aneurysm, call 911 or visit an emergency room immediately.
For more information about Morton Plant Hospital's treatments for aneurysms, please call (727) 461-8635.
The Neurosciences Institute
at Ptak Orthopaedic & Neuroscience Pavilion
430 Morton Plant Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
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