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Diagnosing & Treating Brain Aneurysm at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican

A brain aneurysm or cerebral aneurysm is a weakened, bulging segment of a blood vessel in the brain. Left untreated, a brain aneurysm can burst (rupture) and bleed into the brain. A brain aneurysm rupture is a medical emergency. Almost 50 percent of people who experience a brain aneurysm rupture do not survive. Of those who survive, 20 to 35 percent have moderate to severe brain damage.

Use the Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican online waiting service, InQuicker, to select your estimated arrival time at one of our emergency rooms for brain aneurysm in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. 


What Causes Brain Aneurysm in Las Vegas, NV?

Some people have a higher risk of brain aneurysms than others. Risk factors include:

  • Family history of brain aneurysm.
  • Age, your risk increases as you get older. 
  • Personal history of certain conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, polycystic kidney disease, and atherosclerosis. 
  • Gender, women are more likely to have a brain aneurysm than men. 
  • Lifestyle factors, including using tobacco, illicit drugs, and alcohol in excess. 


Brain Aneurysm Symptoms

Most brain aneurysms don’t have any symptoms. Your doctor may find a brain aneurysm during an evaluation for another medical condition. Symptoms can develop if a brain aneurysm bursts or grows large. 

Symptoms of a ruptured aneurysm can include:

Call 911 if you suspect a ruptured brain aneurysm.


Brain Aneurysm Treatment

Treatment depends on the type, location, and size of the brain aneurysm. Not all brain aneurysms need treatment. If a brain aneurysm is not causing problems, your doctor may recommend monitoring it for changes. In other cases, your doctor may recommend surgery or medication to prevent the aneurysm from bursting. 

A ruptured brain aneurysm is a medical emergency. Treatment aims to prevent further brain damage by stopping the bleeding. When an aneurysm bursts, it can bleed into the brain (hemorrhagic stroke) or the space around the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage). Either of these are serious conditions that can lead to permanent nerve or brain damage, or even death. 

Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican provides emergency services, including treatment for brain aneurysm, in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.