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How Brain Aneurysms Affect Stroke Risk

by | Jun 30, 2023

A brain aneurysm is a weak or bulging area in the wall of an artery in the brain. When an aneurysm ruptures or bursts, it can lead to a type of stroke called a hemorrhagic stroke.

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Does Brain Aneurysm Affect Stroke Risk?

Brain aneurysms is a significant factor to consider when it comes to stroke risk. This is because when a brain aneurysm ruptures, it can cause bleeding in the brain, leading to a hemorrhagic stroke. The severity of the stroke depends on the size and location of the aneurysm, as well as the amount of bleeding. The Ultimate Guide to Brain Aneurysm post can help you learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for this potentially life-threatening condition.

These bulging blood vessel abnormalities pose a potential threat because hemorrhagic strokes are caused by the brain aneurysm rupture. Dr. Manish Taneja is here to help. This article examines the relationship between brain aneurysms and stroke risk highlighting the importance of preventive measures and timely interventions for aneurysm-related strokes.

Are Brain Aneurysms and Strokes Related?

A brain aneurysm is an unsettling and abnormal bulge or expansion of a blood vessel similar to a balloon in our brain. On the other hand, a stroke materializes when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted or blocked.

However, the rupture of a brain aneurysm can be a devastating blow, leading to a distinctive kind of stroke — a hemorrhagic stroke, aptly named a “bleeding stroke.” Medical News Today has shown a significant correlation between the presence of a brain aneurysm and the risk of experiencing a hemorrhagic stroke.

Are brain aneurysms and hemorrhagic strokes the same? While an aneurysm is a precursor to hemorrhagic stroke, not all aneurysms will result in a rupture. However, it is better to acknowledge the substantial risk of an untreated aneurysm, as it can ultimately lead to a devastating hemorrhagic stroke.

When Does a Brain Aneurysm Become Hemorrhage?

According to NCBI, a  brain aneurysm becomes a hemorrhage, specifically a subarachnoid hemorrhage, when the weakened wall of the aneurysm ruptures, causing bleeding into the space around the brain. This sudden rupture can severely affect an individual’s health. 

The transition from an undetected aneurysm to a hemorrhagic stroke is often unpredictable and unexpected, highlighting the importance of timely detection, intervention, and treatment.

How Brain Aneurysms Affect Stroke Risk

NINDS research has shown that individuals with an unruptured brain aneurysm face an elevated risk of experiencing a hemorrhagic stroke compared to the general population.

Hemorrhagic Stroke: What is Brain Bleed?

Brain bleed refers to bleeding within the brain or the spaces surrounding it. In the context of brain aneurysms, the weakened wall of the aneurysm ruptures, resulting in blood leakage and subsequent brain bleeding. The intricate mechanism of brain bleeding underscores the urgency of identifying and treating brain aneurysms to minimize the risk of hemorrhagic stroke.

What Happens When the Brain Bleeds?

When an aneurysm ruptures, blood spills into the surrounding brain tissue, disrupting vital functions and causing potential damage. The consequences can range from temporary impairment to permanent disability or even death.

The specific location of the aneurysm determines the affected area and the potential consequences. Common sites of brain aneurysms include the circle of Willis, a crucial arterial structure at the base of the brain, and the cerebral arteries.

Why the Bleeding Happens

The primary cause of bleeding in the context of brain aneurysms lies in the structural weaknesses of the aneurysm itself. Over time, the aneurysm wall becomes thinner and more vulnerable, making it prone to rupture under pressure.

Treatment Options for Brain Aneurysms and Hemorrhagic Stroke

Prompt and appropriate treatment is paramount when dealing with brain aneurysms and the risk of hemorrhagic stroke. Various treatment options exist, each tailored to the specific needs of the individual. These options include:

  1. Endovascular coiling
  2. Surgical clipping
  3. Flow diversion
  4. Aneurysm embolization.

Expert medical intervention can stop the bleeding, secure the aneurysm, and minimize the risk of further complications. We provide care and treatments at our specialized stroke and brain aneurysm clinic at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore.

How Fatal or Dangerous is a Bleeding Stroke?

A bleeding stroke, especially caused by a brain aneurysm, is a severe medical emergency requiring immediate attention. The consequences can range from mild to life-threatening, depending on the location and extent of the bleeding. Hemorrhagic strokes can result in long-term disabilities, including:

  • Cognitive impairments
  • Paralysis
  • Death

How to Stop the Brain From Bleeding with Treatments

When faced with brain bleeding caused by an aneurysm, medical professionals employ various treatments to stop the bleeding and prevent further damage.

  1. Surgical interventionsClipping or coiling aim to repair the weakened blood vessel or redirect blood flow away from the aneurysm.
  2. Endovascular procedures: This involves the placement of tiny coils or stents to seal off the aneurysm or reinforce the blood vessel wall. These treatment approaches aim to halt the bleeding, alleviate pressure on the brain, and restore normal blood flow, increasing the chances of a successful recovery.

Read our “Stroke Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment: A Complete Guide” blog post to stay informed about the types of stroke, symptoms, screening, diagnosis, treatment options, stroke management, and more.

 

Take Control of Your Brain Aneurysm and Stroke Risk with Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic Services Today

If you or a loved one are concerned about brain aneurysms or stroke risk, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic. Our healthcare professional, stroke and brain aneurysm specialist in Singapore, Dr. Manish Taneja, is here to provide expert guidance, tailored treatment plans, and compassionate care.

With our commitment to your well-being, we provide a comprehensive range of treatments backed by the latest advancements in medical science for stroke. Strokes are a serious medical condition that require immediate attention. Dr. Manish Taneja has a dedicated stroke screening program designed to identify individuals who may be at risk of a stroke or have already experienced one as well as advanced interventions for personalized stroke management and prevention programs.

Stroke Screening

Introduction to Stroke and 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.

Stroke is caused by blockage of blood flow to brain cells causing cell death. There are two main types of stroke. More commonly it is due to a clot blocking the blood supply to the brain causing cell death. Less commonly it can be due to bleeding in the brain causing blockage of blood supply to the brain cells.

There are limited treatment options once stroke occurs fully. The best way is to prevent stroke and its devastating consequences.

Stroke screening is best suited for individuals with risk factors for stroke. These include those with known family history and cardiovascular disease. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption is well recognized as risk factors for stroke.

What Does Stroke Screening Involve?

Stroke screening process involves:
1. Consultation
2. Blood tests
3. MRI /CT scan of the brain and its blood vessels.

This non-invasive assessment is followed by appropriate advice/ treatment as required on an individual basis. Stroke screening can also be combined with cardiac and vascular assessment as required since risk factors for these medical conditions overlap.

Stroke Management and Prevention

Call 9-9-5 immediately if you or a loved one is experiencing stroke symptoms.

In Singapore, stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and the 4th leading cause of death 3.65% of population has had stroke in Singapore with 26 new stroke cases daily.

 

Introduction to Stroke Management

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.

Stroke Prevention

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. Other risk factors include obesity and unhealthy lifestyle combined with lack of physical activity.

Stroke treatment involves medical management along with control of risk factors to prevent future stroke. Interventional treatments are often required to treat and prevent stroke in patients. One of the most recent and well established interventional treatment for acute stroke since 2015 is to remove clot from the brain causing acute stroke in some of these suitable category of patients.

Read more about the types of neurointerventional treatments we provide and learn about other stroke-related information such as stroke management and prevention.

Consult a Specialist for Your Brain Aneurysm or Stroke

Knowledge is power when it comes to brain aneurysms and strokes. Recognizing the gravity of a bleeding stroke emphasizes the importance of early detection, prompt medical intervention, and ongoing monitoring to minimize potential risks and optimize patient outcomes.

Dr. Manish Taneja, a certified neurointervention specialist based in Singapore, has extensive experience treating brain brain aneurysms as well as stroke screening, management, and prevention. Come in for a further evaluation and arrange your appointment today.

 

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Stroke Resources

Transient Ischemic Attack: What You Need to Know

Not all people get strokes. However, for those who are well, warning signs of stroke can still happen. You might have heard of Transient Ischemic Stroke (TIA), which can lead to a future possible stroke.

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We’ve Got You Covered for Specialized Stroke Screening, Prevention, and Management

Imagine heart attacks where the blood flow to your heart is blocked. Similarly, a stroke occurs when the blood flow to your brain is interrupted becoming a “brain attack”. When blood supply does not reach a certain part, brain cells begin to die. Different types of stroke include ischemic strokes (blockage of blood vessel due to blood clot) or a mini stroke, a TIA (transient ischemic attack), with no permanent damage yet serious. Stroke also occurs when a blood vessel in the brain pops causing bleeding in the brain.

Certain areas of the brain can be affected by stroke and some symptoms of a stroke including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood sugar levels increase the risk of stroke whereas an active lifestyle or controlling high cholesterol reduces the risk. How well do you know stroke? Find tips to prevent and manage stroke, the differences in stroke screening tests, and the newer technology and treatments available. Come in for an easy consultation and further evaluation with our stroke specialist in Singapore at the Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic. 

Supreme Vascular and Interventional Stroke Programs

Brain Aneurysm Resources

Discover brain aneurysm resources that go beyond the basics designed for patients. Understand the meaning of  a brain aneurysm condition, the causes, symptoms, signs, and more. Connect with your brain health.

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 neurointervention specialist, contact us. You can also call us at (+65) 6904 8084 for a consultation.