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Nick Naret's comment, March 17, 2013 5:12 PM
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1. Is it more likely for a male or female to have a brain aneurysm? Why?
a. It is more likely for females to have brain aneurysms because women due to the declining levels of estrogen.

2. What do brain surgeons do if they cannot get the aneurysm to stop bleeding?
a. If they cannot stop the bleeding all at once, they slowly reduce the bleeding until it stops completely.

3. What do brain surgeons do if a patient who is home recovering from an aneurysm comes back because it ruptured again?
a. When a patient receives surgery for an aneurysm, there is a strong chance that the coil or clip will not need to be attended to again. They have checkups throughout the year to make sure that everything looks as it should.

4. Are most patients life flighted to the hospital or are there different severities of a brain aneurysm?
a. Some aneurysms are more severe than others. Some patients are life flighted and others are not.

5. What are the main parts of the brain a brain surgeons looks at when an aneurysm ruptures?
a. A brain aneurysm occurs in any main artery deep in the brain structure. Surgeons will look throughout the brain to see the bleeding.

6. What is the most common treatment type for brain aneurysms? Why?
a. The two main treatments for a brain aneurysm are surgical clipping and endovascular coiling. Surgeons will decide with method is more suitable for the patient.

7. When you have a brain aneurysm, why is it most likely that the person will have some sort of disability?
a. Brain aneurysms can cause many sorts of disabilities due to harming the brain during the rupture.

8. When a patient recovers from a brain aneurysm, why are they usually depressed?
a. Patients will become depressed due to the traumatic event. The life changing events will cause the patient with depression because it may change their role in the family and turn their whole world upside down.

9. Is there one particular cause to brain aneurysms? If so, what is it?
a. The main causes to brain aneurysms are family history, previous aneurysm, race, age, health, and smoking.

10. On average, how long does a patient have to get to the hospital before it is too late?
a. When a patient suffers from a brain aneurysm, they should get to a hospital as fast as they can. There isn’t a set time on how long a patient has to get help.

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C. Edward Dixon, PhD
Professor of Neurological Surgery, Anesthesiology, Neurobiology & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The Neurotrauma Chair in Neurosurgery 
Vice Chairman, Research 
Director, Brain Trauma Research Center
Phone: (412) 383-2188
e-mail: dixonec@upmc.edu
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Brain Aneurysm Statistics and Facts | The Brain Aneurysm Foundation

Statistics and Facts An estimated 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm, or 1 in 50 people.
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Nick Naret's comment, March 14, 2013 10:57 AM
1 in every 50 or 60 million people in the US have an unruptured brain aneurysm. Every 18 minutes, a brain aneurysm ruptures. The fatality rate is 40%, which comes with 66% of the people-surviving coming out with a permanent deficit. 4 out of 7 people who survive an aneurysm will have a disability. There is a ratio of 3:2, which shows that aneurysms occur more for girls. The scary part id that 10-15% of patients diagnosed with an aneurysm will have more than one.
Nick Naret's comment, March 15, 2013 8:03 AM
Most brain aneurysms, 50-80%, will not rupture over a persons life. The bigger the aneurysm, the harder it is to treat. About 500,000 deaths are tallied worldwide from aneurysms and half of those victims are under the age of 50. It is more expensive to treat an aneurysm after it ruptures but sometimes you don’t have the chance to catch it in time to get a surgery prier.
Nick Naret's comment, March 15, 2013 8:08 AM
Brain aneurysms can occur in a person of any age, even small children. They can be prevented in people ages 35-60 though. The most typical age an aneurysm will rupture is around age 50. Most aneurysms will start to build up after the age of 40. Aneurysms can change a person’s life for the worse. The combined wages of survivors and their caretaker for a year were 1$38,000,000.
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Common Questions | The Brain Aneurysm Foundation

Why am I so Tired? The topic of fatigue is important to every brain aneurysm survivor. Fatigue is a commonly experienced symptom after an aneurysm and problems with fatigue may persist for a long time after the event.
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Nick Naret's comment, March 14, 2013 8:20 AM
The main effect after an aneurysm that almost all patients share is fatigue. When a patient is challenged with this long-term affect may become self-critical and discouraged. Why do mast patients feel fatigued? After an aneurysm, the brain function is constricted by damage to the networks of brain cells. Over time, these networks must be repaired for any function of them to improve. The recovering process uses energy that the brain did not have before the damage. The brain works constantly, 24 hours a day, to reenergize its normal functions. The brain puts some of its energy to do a natural healing process without you even knowing which takes away energy from your normal activities.
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Recovery | The Brain Aneurysm Foundation

Potential DeficitsSurvivors of brain aneurysms might suffer short-term and/or long-term deficits as a result of a rupture or treatment. In thirty percent of the cases, these deficits disappear over time.
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Nick Naret's comment, March 14, 2013 8:02 AM
One long-term affect of a brain aneurysm can be restricted blood flow to the brain. After a brain aneurysm, depending on where the aneurysm was located, the patient can use some functions of their brain due to the rupture. A patient’s vision can be severely affected. It could result in double vision or loss of vision entirely.
Nick Naret's comment, March 15, 2013 7:54 AM
Most of the long-term effects decrease during a long time of therapy and healing. Most people will eventually regain all their functions. Some of the deficits vary and the length of recovery will vary as well. Every person has a different set of difficulties and their isn’t a set recovery time.
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Survivor Stories | The Brain Aneurysm Foundation

Survivor Stories 3Carly’s Story – “The Miracle Man”
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Nick Naret's comment, March 15, 2013 7:59 AM
When a patient suffers an aneurysm, they usually don’t remember what happened until a long time later. They basically are asleep for weeks while they undergo surgeries. It takes a while for their memory to regain and start remembering things. It takes a long healing process as well.
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Common Questions | The Brain Aneurysm Foundation

How Do I Deal With Depression?Survivors, family members, and caregivers all tend to experience sadness and depression during the rehabilitation process.
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Nick Naret's comment, March 14, 2013 10:49 AM
Another common long-term effect is depression. An aneurysm itself can cause depression or also the changes that he or she has to deal with. When a parent has an aneurysm, they have to overcome a lot of changes. Their role in the family may change. For example, instead of checking up on the kids and seeing if there okay, it would be vise versa. Some forms of depression are sadness, guilt and regret, anger, disturbing thoughts, morbid thoughts, no motivation, loss of pleasure in actives previously enjoyed, poor appetite, crying, irritability, disturbed sleep, and poor sex drive.
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Long-Term Effects of Ruptured Brain Aneurysm

Long-Term Effects of Ruptured Brain Aneurysm | Aspect Three | Scoop.it
Long-Term Effects of Ruptured Brain Aneurysm. A brain aneurysm, which the National Institutes of Health NIH defines as a weakened area in the wall of a blood vessel, is a serious medical condition.
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Nick Naret's comment, March 14, 2013 8:02 AM
People who have an aneurysm that ruptured have a higher chance of having long term or short term affects of a brain aneurysm. The recovery period for patients whose aneurysm ruptured take longer for them to notice substantial long term affects. Some of the main long term affects can be a stroke, complete or some blindness, speech complications, perceptual problems, behavioral inconsistencies, loss of balance and coordination, decreased concentration, memory loss, and fatigue.
Nick Naret's comment, March 14, 2013 8:06 AM
After therapy and a lot of healing time, most of the deficits will decrease and become less noticeable. It all depends on how big and sever the aneurysm is to decipher how long the affects will last and if a patient can overcome them. Each patient is different and will have their own unique affects after such a traumatic surgery. When someone is going through therapy to help regenerate some of his or her disabilities, it is important for them to work with someone they know, usually family, to notice their strengths and weaknesses during the process.