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When Is It Time to See a Brain Aneurysm Specialist

by | Jun 26, 2023

Are you thinking you’re at risk? Experiencing any symptoms? Determine if you should go see a brain aneurysm specialist who can help you learn more about your risk for brain aneurysm and provide effective care and treatment. 

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The Right Time to See a Brain Aneurysm Specialist

Once you know about brain aneurysms, it is best to seek an opinion of a specialist. This is to assess whether you need treatment or follow up. A significant number of brain aneurysms do not need treatment immediately and can be followed up. Some aneurysms are small and may not lead to any problems. However, others can begin bleeding. The right time to see a brain aneurysm specialist is if you show signs of a rupture.

Symptoms can include severe headaches, stiff neck, nausea, blurred vision, and loss of balance. If these symptoms have got you nodding your head and asking yourself, “Could this be a potential brain aneurysm?” It’s a good time to consider seeing a brain aneurysm specialist like Dr. Manish Taneja.

You might also need to see a doctor if you have a high potential of having an aneurysm burst. We provide care and treatments at our brain aneurysm clinic at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore.

Below is what you need to know about aneurysms and the screening process.

Who Should Be Screened?

Recommended Candidates

Doctors usually recommend people with a high risk of a ruptured brain aneurysm get screened. Multiple risk factors can make someone a candidate for the screening process. You could be at risk if you have at least two first-degree relatives who experienced ruptures. A first-degree relative would be a parent or sibling.

Another major risk factor is age. Blood vessels can weaken over time. An individual may become a recommended candidate if they are over 30 years old.

Some disorders can heighten the possibility of a rupture. Specifically, you may want to see a specialist if you have a condition involving the arteries. An example would be autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. Those with the disease are four to five times more likely to have an aneurysm.

People who have hypertension, smoke or drink excessively are ideal candidates. Smoking and drinking raise blood pressure. High blood pressure can weaken arterial walls.

The Ultimate Guide to Brain Aneurysm post can help you learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for this potentially life-threatening condition.

Brain Aneurysm Causes & Risk Factors

You were born with some causes and risk factors while others can be changed.

Brain Aneurysm Routine Screening

A common way specialists diagnose unruptured aneurysms is with MRI scans. For ruptured aneurysms, doctors use CT angiography. CT angiography uses scans to examine blood vessels and find bleeding.

A doctor may only recommend screening if you have a brain aneurysm with a high potential of rupturing. People usually do not undergo routine screening, especially if the unruptured aneurysm is symptomless.

What About Other Candidates That Are Less Serious?

Brain aneurysm screenings generally are for candidates with significant risks. Less serious cases may be able to get a scan but are less likely. You can speak to a specialist to know if you can benefit from an aneurysm screening.

Why It Is Important to Find the Right Brain Aneurysm Doctor

Not every doctor can manage an aneurysm. The right professional is necessary to ensure you remain healthy. Therefore, be sure to find a brain aneurysm specialist and schedule a visit with them.

The right specialist should have years of experience treating brain conditions like aneurysms. They can perform surgical and nonsurgical treatments. You and your doctor can discuss what option may work best for you. Certified brain aneurysm specialist in Singapore, Dr. Manish Taneja is here to help you at our specialized brain aneurysm clinic.

The Benefits of Brain Aneurysm Screening

A diagnostic test can be beneficial to your well-being. Still, you might be hesitant to get screened. Consider the following benefits:

  • Prevention. A brain specialist can locate an unruptured aneurysm. Your doctor can monitor it if it is likely to rupture.
  • Immediate care. A screening identifies if an area has experienced bleeding. You can begin preparing for treatment right away.
  • Improved quality of life. Chronic head pains can arise from aneurysms, and a rupture also may lead to a stroke or brain damage. Screenings can lessen the effects so you can maintain a happy and healthy life.

There are plenty of advantages of a brain aneurysm screening you can enjoy.

 

Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic Is Here to Help

Brain aneurysm screenings are important because they provide valuable insight to patients. The best time to visit a brain aneurysm doctor is if you are at risk or show symptoms. The right specialist can perform the test and identify areas at risk of bleeding. They locate and properly treat the aneurysm.

You might want to get screened for a brain aneurysm but have no idea where to go. In some cases, a doctor may order a cerebral angiogram. Our clinic has top-of-the-line technology to diagnose aneurysms. We also provide comprehensive care with an approach Dr. Manish Taneja tailors to each patient. Fill in and submit your contact information on our contact page to learn more.

Brain Aneurysm MRI and CT Scans

Who Should Be Diagnosed for Brain Aneurysm?

There are multiple medical tests that a doctor can perform to diagnose a patient with a brain aneurysm. A few of these tests include the following:

  • MRI – This stands for magnetic resonance imaging using a magnetic field and radio waves to generate detailed images.
  • MRA – This stands for magnetic resonance angiogram and is a type of MRI scan that is used specifically for blood vessels.
  • CTA – This is a special type of CT scan that aims specifically at scanning blood vessels.
  • Angiogram – This is yet another tool available to doctors who want to take a closer look at the patient’s blood vessels to see if there is any bleeding or any kind of obstruction that needs to be treated immediately.

A doctor that detects something wrong with the blood vessels of his or her patient might diagnosis them with having had a brain aneurysm.

When Should You Go For a Brain Scan?

Don’t worry if you feel like you are somehow pressing the panic button by asking a doctor for a brain scan if you feel that something is wrong with your body. Popular culture has encouraged some people to think that a brain scan is an extreme medical intervention that should only be done in extreme cases, but that is simply not the case. The reality is that you can and should ask for a brain scan from your doctor if you fear that you might be suffering from a brain aneurysm or that you might be at risk for one.

The brain scan can help identify any blockages or other issues within one’s blood vessels to help identify where the problems might exist and allow doctors to take the time to suggest correction treatments for those issues.

How are Brain Aneurysms Detected?

As touched upon already, there are a variety of ways that a medical professional can identify a brain aneurysm.

To assess and diagnose a possible brain aneurysm, read more about how Dr. Manish Taneja conducts a CT scan (computed tomography) or an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to obtain detailed images of your brain’s blood vessels and structures.

Brain Aneurysm and Cerebral Angiography

Understanding Cerebral Angiography with Brain Aneurysm Specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja 

Brain aneurysms can affect anyone and at any age. If your doctor thinks you have the condition, they will order some tests to help them make an accurate diagnosis. Oftentimes, a procedure known as cerebral angiography will be used to obtain details about the condition of your arteries and check for an aneurysm. If you have symptoms of a brain aneurysm, you need to learn a few things about cerebral angiography. That way, you will know what to expect, make informed decisions and prepare better for the procedure.

Here’s what to know.

What is Cerebral Angiography?

Cerebral angiography, or cerebral angiogram, is an imaging test used to identify or confirm problems with blood vessels in and around the brain. The catheter-based exam uses a special contrast dye and X-rays to examine blood vessels and check blood flow.

What It Diagnoses in Brain Aneurysm 

By visualizing blood vessels, this procedure can help to diagnose a brain aneurysm. Through the images that the test makes, your doctor will not only be able to detect the presence of an aneurysm but also establish its exact location, size and shape. 

Why a Doctor May Order a Cerebral Angiogram

Cerebral angiography can reveal a wide range of abnormalities in your blood vessels. Your doctor can order the test if they need more information to plan your treatment. A cerebral angiogram may be necessary:

•    If you have signs and symptoms of a bulging, narrowing or blocked blood vessel
•    In case of bleeding in the brain and other abnormalities of blood vessels
•    To check other symptoms such as unusual headaches
•    When previous tests do not provide conclusive information
•    To evaluate your arteries before surgery. This can go a long way towards minimizing complications

The Difference Between MRI and Angiogram

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan uses a magnetic field and radio waves to generate 3D images of the body. On the other hand, an angiogram involves placing a catheter into the body, and uses a contrast agent and X-rays to create detailed pictures of blood vessels. Dr. Manish Taneja has been performing catheter angiograms since 1995 and has a wealth of experience in treating vascular and nonvascular disorders.

Consult a Seasoned Brain Aneurysm Specialist

Seeing a brain aneurysm specialist ensures that you receive specialized care and expert advice tailored to your condition. Dr. Manish Taneja’s has the expertise and experience in managing brain aneurysms from diagnosis and treatment to follow-up care.

 

Dr. Manish, a certified neurointervention specialist based in Singapore, has extensive experience treating complex vascular and non-vascular disorders. He can provide expert guidance regarding treatment options considering your specific condition. Come in for a further evaluation and contact us today to schedule a comprehensive consultation.

Dr. Manish Taneja, brain aneurysm specialist, giving consultation at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore

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