Hereditary Brain Aneurysm Screening: Familial Aneurysms

by | Jun 23, 2024

Ensure peace of mind with hereditary brain aneurysm screening at our specialized brain aneurysm clinic in Singapore. Dr. Manish Taneja, our brain aneurysm specialist, focuses on detecting and managing familial aneurysms, offering expert assessments and personalized care to protect your neurological health. 

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Introduction to Brain Aneurysms 

Having a family member experience a brain aneurysm is difficult enough, but wondering whether your risk of developing the same condition is heightened can be even more challenging. While you do have a somewhat higher risk of experiencing a brain aneurysm if certain family members have, the good news is that early detection can play a significant role in reducing its likelihood of becoming dangerous. Choosing an experienced stroke specialist in Singapore such as Dr. Manish Taneja at Supreme Vascular & Interventional Clinic can be an important first step in understanding where you stand and what your next steps should look like if a close family member experiences a brain aneurysm.

Are Brain Aneurysms Hereditary? 

Most brain aneurysms are isolated incidents that are not hereditary, but it is possible for them to run in families. This means that understanding when having a family member experience this condition may indicate that you have an elevated risk for having a brain aneurysm can help you and your doctor determine whether early screening is likely to be beneficial. 

What Are Familial Aneurysms? 

Two or more occurrences among first-degree relatives, including parents, children, and siblings, are categorized as familial aneurysms. This means that early screening may be a good idea if at least one and especially two or more your first-degree relatives have experienced one. Many brain aneurysms can be treated to reduce their likelihood of rupturing if they are identified early, which means that understanding your potential elevated risk be an important step in taking control of your own health. 


Familial Aneurysm Statistics 

Approximately 20 percent of first-degree family members of individuals that have experienced a brain aneurysm currently have an unruptured aneurysm themselves or will develop one in the future, which is much higher than the approximately 3 percent of Singapore residents and 3.2 percent of the global population that is currently living with an unruptured brain aneurysm. These odds are generally higher in women, smokers, and individuals with high blood pressure, which means that being in one or more of these groups can make screening even more important. 


Importance of Brain Aneurysm Screening

While any given brain aneurysm is statistically unlikely to rupture (only occurring in approximately 8-10 people per 100,000), approximately 50 percent of ruptured brain aneurysms are fatal. This means that taking full advantage of any early signs that you may currently have an unruptured brain aneurysm or be at an elevated risk of developing one in the future, such as being aware of a first-degree family member that has had one, can help you identify a potential concern early and begin treatment if needed. 


Working With a Brain Aneurysm Specialist in Singapore 

Choosing Supreme Vascular & Interventional Clinic is one step in the right direction in improving your prognosis if you have a high risk of experiencing a ruptured brain aneurysm in Singapore. Dr. Manish Taneja’s in-depth expertise managing early unruptured brain aneurysms can make a significant difference when it comes to reducing their likelihood of progressing. 


Tests for Hereditary Aneurysms 

While most brain aneurysms are not hereditary, individuals with a family history of brain aneurysms should be screened to determine their likelihood of developing this condition and reduce potential risk factors if they are determined to have a high likelihood of experiencing a brain aneurysm.

Brain aneurysm screening involves using an MRI or similar test to study arteries in the brain to determine whether there are any irregularities, especially differences that look similar to those of the relative that experienced an aneurysm. Individuals that are determined to already have a brain aneurysm present or an above average likelihood of developing one can then consider treatment options or take steps to reduce their risk, such as managing high blood pressure and quitting smoking. If no signs of an unruptured aneurysm are found, your doctor will likely recommend re-screening approximately every ten years to continue to monitor for developing concerns. 


Choose Supreme Vascular & Interventional Clinic for Quality Brain Aneurysm Screening and Care in Singapore 

At Supreme Vascular & Interventional Clinic, we are here to help you understand potential risk factors for developing a brain aneurysm, especially if one or more of your first-degree relatives have experienced one. While not all brain aneurysms are hereditary or preventable, early detection can play a key role in starting treatment early (if needed) to reduce their risk. Our expertscan carefully evaluate your family history of brain aneurysms and provide insights into whether early (and potentially repeat) screening is likely to be beneficial for you. Contact us today to learn more about what to consider when determining whether you should be screened for a familial brain aneurysm or to schedule an appointment. 

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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.