What are the risk factors and causes of a brain aneurysm?
Brain aneurysms can occur in anyone, regardless of age or gender. However, they are more common in adults and women. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a brain aneurysm ruptures in 10 out of every 100,000 people each year, most commonly occurring in people ages 30 to 60.
Generally, brain aneurysms are associated with the following risk factors:
- Cigarette smoking | Use the cost of smoking calculator
- Family history of circulatory or connective tissue disorders
- Habitual drug use (specifically cocaine)
- High blood pressure (Hypertension)
- History of trauma or injury to the head
A ruptured brain aneurysm may cause serious complications such as hemorrhagic stroke, permanent nerve damage, or in severe cases, death.
If you or a loved one experiences any symptoms of a ruptured brain aneurysm or stroke, please call 911 immediately.