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Most patients I’ve treated are young, with an average age of around 35 to 60. When the young pass away in their sleep, it is almost usually due to cardiac arrest or a brain aneurysm rupture.

Dr. Manish Taneja

Neurointervention Specialist, Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic

The Top 10 Common Questions About Brain Aneurysm

Brain health is, more often than not, a matter of life and death. The brain can get severe structural and functional damage from cancerous tumors, stroke, blood clots, dementia, and brain aneurysms, among other conditions. A brain aneurysm, also known as cerebral aneurysm, is a common brain condition not discussed much. Consequently, many know nothing about the scary and life-threatening condition’s symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.

1: What Are the First Brain Aneurysm Symptoms?

Brain aneurysms usually do not produce symptoms until they burst or become large enough to detect.

Typical cerebral aneurysm symptoms are typically characterized by a bulge in a blood vessel inside the brain accompanied by thinning blood vessel walls. The bulge can burst and cause a hemorrhagic stroke which usually occurs suddenly with a severe headache. The patient may also exhibit a stiff neck, stroke-like symptoms, nausea, and loss of consciousness. However, there are two distinctions between unruptured and ruptured brain aneurysm symptoms.

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2: Is Cerebral Brain Aneurysm Preventable?

There is no single guaranteed way to prevent the occurrence of the condition. Brain aneurysm causes vary from person to person, some of which can be controlled and others beyond human control. Some predisposing factors, such as genetic connective tissue disorders, polycystic kidney disease, and malformations in the arteriovenous system, are genetically inherited and, thus, not controllable. 

Other risk factors, such as smoking and high blood pressure, can be controlled to minimize the chances of getting the condition.

3: Is It a Terminal Condition?

As much as brain aneurysms can have life-threatening impacts, it’s a fully curable condition. A ruptured brain aneurysm can result in death by causing hemorrhagic stroke, central nervous system damage, or a coma. 

Some of the aneurysms, especially the small ones, are usually harmless as they have a lower risk of getting ruptured or causing other harmful effects on the brain. However, sometimes they may cause small blood leakages into the brain.

4: Are There Home Remedies for Cerebral Aneurysms?

Unfortunately, no proven home remedies can prevent or cure a brain aneurysm. The best option to save your life or that of a loved one is to see a brain doctor as soon as the early symptoms appear. 

Small aneurysms are not easily detectable and can only be diagnosed by a neurologist through brain imaging tests. We provide brain aneurysm care and treatment options at our specialized brain aneurysm clinic at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore.

5: What Does the Diagnosis Process Involve?

If you suspect that you have a brain aneurysm, it’s advisable to visit a neurologist at the earliest possible time for a proper diagnosis. The diagnosis process includes simple physical assessments and diagnostic tests. 

The diagnostic tests confirm the aneurysm’s presence, size, and location and whether or not it has ruptured. The tests are typically conducted using ultra-modern technology, including computer-aided tomography scans (CT scans), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and cerebral angiography.  

6: What Treatment Options Are Available?

Once the neurosurgeon or brain aneurysm specialist has done the diagnostic tests, treatment follows immediately. The type of treatment or operation is based on the bulge’s size, location, and rupture status.

If the bulge hasn’t ruptured, a neuro-intervention specialist performs an operation that involves clipping it to stop the impending rupture. For ruptured aneurysms, drugs can be administered to prevent possible stroke or brain injuries.

Another treatment option is endovascular procedures that help prevent blood flow to the bulged area.

7: Is the Treatment Expensive?

The cost of neuro-interventional treatments for conditions like brain aneurysm depends on payment options (cash or insurance cover), type of treatment, and location of the area to be operated on.

8: Can a Patient Continue to Live Normally?

The ability to resume everyday life depends on whether or not the bulge has ruptured and its impact on the patient’s overall health. There are no accompanying major health complications for small brain aneurysms, and the patent continues to live normally.

However, for ruptured brain aneurysms, there are usually life-long impacts, such as hemorrhagic stroke, that may hamper the resumption of ordinary day-to-day socio-economic activities of the patient.

9: How or Where Can I Find a Brain Doctor or Brain Aneurysm Treatment Near Me?

You can arrange an appointment with our brain aneurysm specialist in Singapore, Dr. Manish Taneja at Medical Centre A #06-06 located in Mount Alvernia Hospital. The Health Ministry of Singapore also offers online resources to help search for a healthcare professional.

10:  Does Health Insurance Cover the Treatment of Aneurysms in Singapore?

When you visit our brain clinic in Singapore, you can pay for cerebral aneurysm treatment using your insurance coverage. However, this depends on the type of health coverage, the insurer’s terms and conditions, and the degree of coverage the company provides.

Per the good adage, knowledge is power. With the correct information about brain aneurysms, it is possible to take appropriate interventional measures to ease the effects or prevent death from the condition. Our brain aneurysm clinic’s commitment in Singapore to ongoing patient education equips you with the knowledge and tools necessary to make informed decisions about your treatment  options.

 

Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic Treatments

There are more several types of neurointerventional treatments we offer to treat different problems including brain aneurysm. Swipe to learn more.

Brain Aneurysm

Brain aneurysm is bulging or ballooning of a blood vessel supplying the brain. Brain aneurysms are present in 1 to 2% of population. The commonest age group affected is 40-60 years.

Brain aneurysms can cause non-specific neurological symptoms such as headaches, double vision, and more.

Stroke Screening

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. It is also the leading cause of long term disability with debilitating and devastating consequences for both patients and family. One of the most recognizable outcomes of stroke is paralysis affecting a part or half of the body.

There are different types, grades and location of AVM in the brain. The symptoms that patients present with depend on these above factors.

Stroke Management and Prevention

Stroke is one of the most common conditions causing death worldwide. There is high incidence of permanent brain damage severely affecting quality of life in affected patients. It can be a devastating event both for patient and the family.

The best way to treat a stroke is to prevent stroke. There are well known causes of stroke such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol level, poor controlled diabetes and smoking.

Headache

Headache is a very common condition that affects virtually everyone. Some individuals have more debilitating headaches than the others severely affecting their quality of life.

The two commonest type of headaches seen in clinical practice are migraine and tension headache. There are other causes of headache that may be caused by underlying structural issues in the brain or by other physiological issues affecting the structures of the brain.

What is Neurointerventional Treatment?

Neurointerventional treatments are performed to treat different problems that occur in the brain, spine, head, and neck. Neurointerventionalists use small instruments and catheters to go through blood vessels in your body to reach the affected area. This is done with the help of advanced imaging technology like CT and MRI scans to ensure precise treatment.

Introduction to Brain AVM

Brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is an uncommon condition that is due to abnormal connection between arteries and veins in the brain substance. Almost 60% patients diagnosed with this condition are below 40 years of age.

There are different types, grades and location of AVM in the brain. The symptoms that patients present with depend on these above factors.

Carotid Stenting

Carotid artery is the artery in the neck supplying blood to the brain from the heart. Atherosclerosis of the carotid artery is responsible for causing stroke in about 20% of all patients with stroke worldwide.

Atheromatous deposits and plaques cause blockage of blood supply to the brain in high risk individuals. 

Intracranial Stenting

Intracranial Stenting is a less commonly known technique to treat stroke or prevent stroke. Blockage of blood vessels to the brain is a common cause of stroke in Asian population affecting up to 25% of patients presenting with acute stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) which is a precursor of stroke.

Acute stroke is a “brain attack” and there are two main causes, a blocked artery or leaking or bursting of a blood vessel.

Head and Neck Vascular Malformations

Vascular malformations are a complex spectrum of conditions with commonly used names being venous malformation, arteriovenous malformation, arteriovenous fistula, lymphatic malformation, hemangioma, lymphangioma.

Vascular malformation is an abnormal collection of blood vessels that can occur anywhere in the body. 

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Put Brain Aneurysm on Your Health Radar

Did you experience the worst headache of your life? Could it be a brain aneurysm that ruptures, which means bleeding in the brain? Thoughts could be racing through your mind. Then what is the difference between unruptured (a weak or thin spot on an artery in the brain that balloons) or ruptured brain aneurysm? If you’re wondering, then the Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is here to help. It’s important to look out for the tell-tale brain aneurysm symptoms, signs, causes, and risk factors.

Dr. Manish Taneja has been performing brain aneurysm treatments since 1995 from surgical clipping to latest minimally invasive procedures. Each patient is unique as is the size and location of the aneurysm. Your brain has different conditions to treat the aneurysm and artery vessel walls of a blood vessel in the brain. This calls for personalised brain aneurysm treatment depending on your symptoms, family, history, medication, and more. A simple CT scan could be just what the doctor ordered and the first step in early detection and prevention of a brain aneurysm. Come in for an easy consultation with our brain aneurysm specialist in Singapore to be on your health radar.

The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is your “go-to” facility for various neurological conditions and pain management. To arrange an appointment with Dr. Manish Taneja, our neurointervention specialist, contact us. You can also call us at (+65) 6904 8084 for a consultation.