Do you know the symptoms of a brain aneurysm?

Do you know the symptoms of a brain aneurysm?

By Joseph M. Eskridge, MD
Interventional Neuroradiologist

It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day demands and ignore changes in our health. It may not be wise, however, to dismiss those changes as symptoms of a hectic life. Blurred vision, dizziness or headaches that don’t get better can signal something serious.

Anywhere from 1 to 6 percent of Americans have a brain aneurysm but don’t know it. An aneurysm is a blister-like bulge on the wall of a blood vessel. It can go unnoticed for a long time. If it’s not treated, the pressure of the blood weakens the vessel, and the aneurysm grows like a balloon filling with air. If the aneurysm bursts, it causes a stroke.

An aneurysm can put pressure on nerves or tissue in the brain, which may cause:

  • Headache or neck pain
  • Vision problems, enlarged pupil, drooping eye lid
  • Numb face
  • Severe drowsiness

If you have a brain aneurysm, your doctor may recommend:

  • Monitoring it
  • Surgically removing it
  • Inserting a tiny coil so blood can’t put pressure on it
  • Diverting blood around it

Neurosurgeons at the Swedish Cerebrovascular Center are specially trained in cerebrovascular diseases, including aneurysms. Click here to learn more about brain aneurysms, risk factors and treatments, and listen to our patients’ stories.

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