During Brain Awareness Week, Remember the Warning Signs of a Brain Aneurysm

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In 2011, more than 27,000 people in the United States will be affected by a ruptured brain aneurysm. More than 40% of these aneurysms will prove to be fatal. On the eve of Brain Awareness Week, The Brain Aneurysm Foundation would like to share information about the warning signs of a brain aneurysm.

In 2011, more than 27,000 people in the United States will be affected by a ruptured brain aneurysm. More than 40% of these aneurysms will prove to be fatal. On the eve of Brain Awareness Week, The Brain Aneurysm Foundation would like to share information about the warning signs of a brain aneurysm. Research shows that early detection can make a significant difference in the outcome of a brain aneurysm.

Brain Awareness Week, celebrated from March 14-20, 2011, is a global campaign to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. Each year, the Brain Awareness Week campaign combines the efforts of universities, hospitals, government agencies, schools, and professional associations in a week-long celebration of the brain.

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation is the nation’s only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to providing critical awareness, education, support and research funding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysm ruptures. The goal of the organization is to educate people about the dangers of brain aneurysms and save lives by funding vital research and increasing awareness.

Brain aneurysms can affect people of any age and nearly 1 in 50 people have an unruptured brain aneurysm. Despite the neuroimaging technology available, 25% of people are misdiagnosed or receive delayed diagnoses for brain aneurysms. To ensure individuals receive the appropriate care in an emergency situation, it is important to raise awareness of the warning signs and symptom.

Warning Signs & Symptoms:
Unruptured brain aneurysms are often asymptomatic. However, some aneurysms can push on the brain or nerves and cause symptoms such as pain above or behind the eye, blurred or double vision or weakness and difficulty speaking.

Ruptured brain aneurysms are caused by a subarachnoid hemorrhage, or bleeding into the space around the brain. Symptoms of ruptured brain aneurysms include sudden severe headache, loss of consciousness, nausea/vomiting, stiff neck, sudden blurred or double vision, sudden change in mental status or awareness, sudden trouble walking or dizziness and/or sudden weakness or numbness and sensitivity to light. In the event of these symptoms, immediate medical attention should be sought.

Risk Factors
There are a number of risk factors that are believed to contribute to the formation of brain aneurysms. These risk factors include smoking, hypertension, drug use, infection, tumors, traumatic head injury and a family history of aneurysms.

A number of events are planned all over the globe in celebration of Brain Awareness Week. For more information on local events and informational materials on awareness efforts by The Brain Aneurysm Foundation, please visit http://www.bafound.org.

About The Brain Aneurysm Foundation
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation was established in Boston on August 19, 1994, as a public charity. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation is the nation’s only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to providing critical awareness, education, support and research finding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysms. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation has become the world’s leading source of private funding of brain aneurysm research.

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