It is often described as “the worst headache ever.” This is a common warning sign that someone may be suffering a brain aneurysm, a weakened arterial wall that, if it ruptures, causes bleeding and damages the brain.
September as Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month. According to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, each year, brain aneurysms cause nearly 500,000 deaths worldwide. Researchers estimate that six million (one in 50) Americans have an unruptured brain aneurysm. The annual rate of ruptured aneurysms in the United States is about eight to 10 in every 100,000 people, or about 30,000 people a year. Every 18 minutes, a brain aneurysm ruptures.
The awareness month was first established by the Brain Aneurysm Foundation to help reduce aneurysm rupture by raising awareness of the signs, symptoms and the risk factors associated twitch brain aneurysms. It is also time to encourage individuals to make appointments to be screened if they have a family history of aneurysm.
A support group for those affected by a brain aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation (AVM), or hemorrhagic stroke meets the second Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in 2 East Classroom of Rome Memorial Hospital. For more information, e-mail Deb Dunn at RomeNY@JoeNiekroFoundation.org.
On the net: www.bafound.org