What should I do if I have an unruptured cerebral aneurysm?

If you have an unruptured brain aneurysm, it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider about your treatment and management options. You and your provider may decide it’s best to closely monitor it and manage medical conditions that can further weaken the blood vessel, or you may decide early treatment makes the most sense. Your healthcare provider will take into account several factors including the aneurysm’s:

  • Size.
  • Location.
  • Risk of rupture.

What can I do to reduce my risk of having another brain aneurysm?

Taking care of your overall health is the best thing you can do to prevent future aneurysms. Steps you can take include:

  • Eat a healthy diet, limit caffeine and avoid stimulant drugs.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Manage conditions that contribute to high blood pressure.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about lifestyle changes you can make and medications that may help.

Summary

A sudden, severe headache with or without stroke symptoms could be a sign of a brain aneurysm. A ruptured brain aneurysm is a serious, life-threatening condition that needs immediate medical attention and emergency treatment. If you have an unruptured brain aneurysm, talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of different treatment and management options.

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