Brain Aneurysm

Brain Aneurysm Risk Factors

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Managing Conditions That Increase Risk for Brain Aneurysms

UT Southwestern Medical Center offers expert guidance to patients with brain aneurysms. Our team can help reduce the risk of a rupture, monitor how an aneurysm is advancing, and provide a comprehensive range of treatment solutions as needed.

Because of our team’s expertise in cerebrovascular disorders, we can help manage conditions that increase the risk for brain aneurysms, such as:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Chronic tobacco use
  • Atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries)
  • Certain blood infections
  • Some connective tissue disorders
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Congenital heart conditions (coarctation of the aorta)
  • Cerebral arteriovenous malformation (AVM)

Brain Aneurysms Increase Risk for Stroke

A brain aneurysm increases a patient’s chances of a hemorrhagic stroke. If an aneurysm ruptures, it leaks blood into the space around the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage) and causes a stroke.

If a patient has an aneurysm that causes a stroke, UT Southwestern offers emergency care to evaluate the condition and provide immediate treatment. The Robert D. Rogers Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center provides the highest level of stroke care in North Texas and has the longest history of providing coordinated care. This care takes place in multiple specialized hospital units, including a stroke unit, dedicated neurocritical care unit, and stroke rehabilitation unit.