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Like so many people, we were not aware of brain aneurysm signs until it was too late. Nolan's case was so rare and so extreme, that the warning signs came on so strong and so quick. All of the right things were done, but it was not enough. We have learned so much about brain aneurysms and the most important thing we can share is if you have any of the signs or symptoms and/or have a family history of brain aneurysms, then be your own advocate and demand a full MRI and express your concerns to your doctor. If you don't know your family history, then ask relatives to find out.

Brain Aneurysm Statistics

  • 1 in 15 People in the United States will develop a brain aneurysm
  • A brain aneurysm ruptures every 18 minutes
  • 40% are fatal
  • 66%, or 4 out of 7, of survivors are left with permanent neurological injury
  • 500,000 deaths worldwide every year
  • Brain aneurysms can occur at any age
  • 1/2 of aneurysm rupture victims are under 50
  • 15% of patients with a ruptured brain aneurysm die before reaching the hospital
  • Women suffer more brain aneurysms than men, at a ratio of 3:2
  • 10 - 15% of patients diagnosed with a brain aneurysm will harbor more than one aneurysm
  • Brain aneurysms are often misdiagnosed

Warning Signs & Symptoms

  • Sudden severe headache, the worst headache of your life
  • Dilated pupils
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Stiff Neck
  • Sudden blurred or double vision
  • Sudden pain above/behind the eye or difficulty seeing
  • Sudden change in mental status/awareness
  • Sudden trouble walking or dizziness
  • Sudden weakness and numbness
  • Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • Drooping eyelid
  • Seizure

Risk Factors

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure or hypertension
  • Congenital resulting from inborn abnormality in artery wall
  • Family history of brain aneurysms where 2 or more family members have had an aneurysm
  • Age over 40
  • Gender, women compared with men have an increased incidence of aneurysms
  • Other disorders: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Marfan Syndrome, and Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD)
  • Presence of an arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
  • Drug use, particularly cocaine
  • Infection
  • Tumors
  • Traumatic head injury

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