Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 03, 2011
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation announced that on Friday, September 23rd, the United States Senate passed a resolution declaring September National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month. Senate Resolution 248, introduced by Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and co-sponsored by Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) is designed to help raise awareness of the dangers and increase public awareness and understanding of brain aneurysms, including methods of early detection and treatment. A similar resolution, introduced by Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) is pending in the House of Representatives.
Brain aneurysms can occur in anyone, at any age. According to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, an estimated 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm. Each year, about 27,000 people in the U.S. will suffer from a ruptured brain aneurysm. About 40% of those experiencing a ruptured brain aneurysm will die.
A brain aneurysm is a weak bulging spot on the wall of a brain artery very much like a thin balloon or weak spot on an inner tube. Over time, the blood flow within the artery pounds against the thinned portion of the wall and aneurysms form silently from wear and tear on the arteries. As the artery wall becomes gradually thinner from the dilation, the blood flow causes the weakened wall to swell outward. This pressure may cause the aneurysm to rupture and allow blood to escape into the space around the brain. The ruptures, many of which occur without warning, can lead to brain damage, stroke, or death.
“We all know families that have seen lives changed forever when a loved one suffers a brain aneurysm. We’re making real strides in treatment and prevention and we can save more lives making sure people know the risks, the signs, and when to get help. That’s why I worked here in the Senate to ensure National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month became a reality,” said Senator Kerry.
There are a number of risk factors that medical professionals believe contribute to the formation of brain aneurysms, including smoking, hypertension, drug use, infection, tumors, traumatic head injury, family history, selected inherited disorders and presence of an arteriovenous malformation. Avoiding or managing these factors can decrease the potential for brain aneurysms.
If a brain aneurysm is diagnosed early with proper screening, it can be treated before it ruptures. Understanding that early detection can make a significant difference in the outcome, The Brain Aneurysm Foundation is working to help educate individuals and first responders in how to recognize the symptoms of a brain aneurysm.
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 aneurysms. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation hopes to improve these tragic statistics and save lives by funding vital research and increasing awareness.
A number of events are planned through the United States during September designed to raise awareness of brain aneurysms. For more information on local events and informational materials for awareness efforts, please visit http://www.bafound.org.
About the Brain Aneurysm Foundation
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation was established in Boston, MA 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 funding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysm ruptures. The organization also provides education materials and awareness information to health care professionals and the general population, as well as providing support for patients and their loved ones.
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation relies on fundraising support from individuals and organizations to continue to fund education and research to promote early detection of brain aneurysms, which ultimately saves lives. For more information, visit: http://www.bafound.org.