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HEALTH BY THE NUMBERS BY SHELLEY FLANNERY

BRAIN
ANEURYSMS

Most brain aneurysms
are small, between
¹₈ to 1 inch.

50 80
to

A brain aneurysm-a weak spot
in a blood vessel-ruptures
every 18 minutes in the U.S.

%

of brain aneurysms never rupture,
and it's not a problem most of the time.

40%

Nearly half a million people
die each year worldwide from
brain aneurysm ruptures.

of ruptures are fatal.

6,000,000 PEOPLE

Women develop
brain aneurysms
compared with men
at a rate of 3:2.

Brain aneurysms are
most likely to occur
from ages 35 to 60.

in the U.S. have an unruptured
brain aneurysm.

Source: Brain Aneurysm Foundation

BRAIN ANEURYSM WARNING SIGNS
Brain aneurysms are weak spots in blood
vessels that balloon out and fill with blood.
Continued blood pressure can burst aneurysms, leading to a brain bleed, which can
cause brain damage or death. Aneurysms
often go undiagnosed until it's too late.
"One in 50 people in the U.S. are walking
around with an unruptured brain aneurysm,"
says Christine J. Buckley, executive director
of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
Most aneurysms never burst or cause
problems, but it's important to know the
symptoms and warning signs.

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Call 911 if you have:
* Sudden worst headache of your life
* Loss of consciousness
* Nausea or vomiting
* Stiff neck
* Sudden blurred or double vision
* Sudden pain behind or above the eye
or trouble seeing
* Sudden change in mental awareness
* Sudden trouble walking or dizziness
* Light sensitivity
* Seizure
* Drooping eyelid
* Sudden weakness and numbness
If you smoke or have a family history of
brain aneurysms, talk to your doctor about a
screening MRI.

WEBSITE

A Brain Bleed
Is a Stroke
Emergency
Comprehensive Stroke
Centers like at UVA Health
System are the only stroke
centers to offer 24/7 access
to complex neurosurgical
treatments, including clipping for a brain aneurysm.
Learn more at uvahealth.
com/stroke911.

ILLUSTRATIONS BY GETTY IMAGES

Go to the doctor if you experience:
* Localized headache
* Dilated pupils with no known cause
* Double or blurry vision
* Pain above and behind the eye
* Weakness and numbness

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