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Brain Aneurysms in Seniors: Special Considerations

by | Jul 8, 2024

Discover specialized care for seniors at our brain aneurysm clinic in Singapore, addressing unique considerations and risks associated with brain aneurysms in older adults. Trust our expert, Dr. Manish Taneja, brain aneurysm specialist, for comprehensive screening and personalized treatment plans to ensure optimal brain health for seniors.

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Introduction to Brain Aneurysm in Seniors

As you age, it becomes more and more important to be attentive to your health, because you’re at risk for more health conditions as a senior. Brain aneurysms are prevalent in seniors, and seniors are reported to have larger brain aneurysms, when compared to younger people. To make things a little bit easier for you, we are going to go over some information about brain aneurysms in seniors, so that you understand the unique challenges you face, treatment options, and preventative measures.

Understanding Brain Aneurysms

A brain aneurysm is something that occurs when you have a bulge spot on a blood vessel inside your brain. According to doctors, brain aneurysms usually occur because the blood flowing through your brain vessel puts too much pressure on a weak area of the vessel wall. There are some symptoms you should look out for, if you’re concerned you have a brain aneurysm:

  • A severe headache that doesn’t have any other explanation, which lasts days or weeks.
  • Pain near or behind one of your eyes.
  • Dilated pupil.
  • Double vision or any change in your vision.
  • Feelings of numbness on one side of your face.

There are also several risk factors that will make you more susceptible to contracting a brain aneurysm, like the following:

 

Special Considerations for Seniors

Seniors need to take brain aneurysms seriously because as you age, you’re more likely to have comorbidities like hypertension and diabetes. Conditions like these can worsen your brain aneurysm, so it’s vital to pay attention to your health. In addition, your blood vessel health and arterial health decreases as you age, and it’s harder to do interventional surgery as a senior because you’re at a higher risk for complications.

 

Challenges that Come with Diagnosis in Seniors

Older adults are harder to diagnose than younger adults are, because there are imaging challenges that come when screening seniors for a brain aneurysm. Age-related changes in the brain, such as atrophy, can make it harder to interpret imaging results. That said, regular screenings are still so important for seniors, early detection can save your life, especially for an early detection of a brain aneurysm! These screenings can help identify aneurysms before they rupture, allowing for timely intervention and treatment.

 

Treatment Options for Seniors

If you’re diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, know that there are surgical and non-surgical options available to you. In terms of your options, there are several minimally invasive and effective treatment options you may need such as surgical clipping procedure done or an endovascular coiling procedure done. In terms of your non-surgical options, you might be asked to take certain medications to open your blood vessels. Whatever treatment plan you undergo will be based on your individual situation and your doctor’s orders.

 

Preventative Measures for Seniors

There are things you can do as a senior to prevent a brain aneurysm from occurring. For one, you can keep your health in check by participating in regular health screenings for things like high blood pressure. You can also manage current health conditions to prevent a brain aneurysm by taking your medications and following your treatment plans. Of course, you can also prevent a brain aneurysm as a senior by having a healthy lifestyle (eating a balanced diet, exercising, not drinking and not smoking).

 

Quality of Life and Long-Term Management

What happens after a senior has a brain aneurysm will vary. In some instances, you’ll make a full recovery, and in some instances, you’ll have long-term memory loss, headaches, and other symptoms. With the help of rehabilitation services, though, you can often manage your symptoms. That said, if you cannot manage your symptoms alone, you might need palliative care, and, in the worse case, you might have to discuss end-of-life plans.

 

Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic Supports Seniors’ Brain Aneurysm Care in Singapore

Seniors are at a higher risk for brain aneurysms, so it’s important to receive regular screenings and maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you’re experiencing any of these warning signs or symptoms or you’ve had a brain aneurysm in the past, know that our brain aneurysm specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja, at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic can help. For more information, we invite you to contact us.

Brain Aneurysm Resources

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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.

Other Health Conditions

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