Who should be screened for a brain aneurysm?
Brain aneurysms can affect anyone at any age, but certain symptoms or conditions can raise the risk of a cerebral aneurysm. Medical imaging tests can be used to detect brain aneurysms before they rupture, allowing time for treatment. In honor of Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month 2019, Neurosurgery and Endovascular Associates has created this guide to brain aneurysm screening criterea.
Brain Aneurysm Risk Factors
If you identify with one or more of the following factors, and are worried about a possible brain aneurysm, a screening may help alleviate your concerns.
You’re at a higher risk for an aneurysm if you...
- Smoke or frequently use tobacco
- Experience chronic hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Have a family history of brain aneurysms
- Are ages 30-60
- Are a woman
- Have an arteriovenous malformation
- Have abnormal artery wall(s)
- Use drugs
- Use alcohol to excess
- Have an infection
- Have experienced severe head trauma
How do you get screened for an aneurysm?
Detecting brain aneurysms often involves advanced imaging techniques. Dr. Arvind Ahuja uses three: MRAs, CTAs, and angiograms, which produce diagnostic images both with contrast and without contrast.
Each of these screenings is conducted slightly differently; Dr. Ahuja works with each patient to determine which test is most appropriate.
Getting screened with Neurosurgery and Endovascular Associates
Getting screened for a brain aneurysm is never a bad idea. If you’re feeling anxious about aneurysms, contact our office to discuss whether or not a screening is appropriate.