A brain aneurysm (or cerebral aneurysm) is an abnormal bulging outward or “ballooning” in the wall of an artery in the brain. Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to other parts of the body. An aneurysm that grows and becomes large enough can burst, causing dangerous, often fatal, bleeding inside the body. A brain aneurysm is often discovered when it ruptures, causing bleeding into the brain or the space closely surrounding the brain. A ruptured brain aneurysm can lead to a hemorrhagic stroke, brain damage and death.
A brain aneurysm cannot be prevented however an unruptured brain aneurysm can sometimes be treated to prevent rupture. The best way to prevent a brain aneurysm is to avoid several risk factors.
To do this, you can: Quit smoking. Eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet to reduce the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Plaque is a fatty buildup that narrows the arteries. Control high blood pressure (eating a low-salt diet helps). Control high cholesterol. Get regular physical activity.Learn more about:
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