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Treating a Brain Aneurysm in Northern California


A weak, bulging area of a blood vessel in your brain is known as a brain aneurysm (or cerebral aneurysm). If a brain aneurysm isn’t treated, it can rupture and lead to life-threatening complications.

If you believe you have a brain aneurysm, visit an emergency department at Dignity Health for prompt treatment. 

We offer expert emergency care at the following locations in Northern California:

Our trained emergency services staff can evaluate your symptoms to confirm or rule out a brain aneurysm — while always providing personal care.

 

Symptoms of a Brain Aneurysm

It’s common for a brain aneurysm to not cause symptoms. Generally, symptoms appear once the aneurysm grows larger or ruptures.

The symptoms include:

  • Severe headache or eye pain
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Vision changes

If you experience these symptoms, seek medical care right away. Your doctor will have a better chance at preventing serious complications. 

 

Causes & Prevention

Genetics, certain health conditions, and lifestyle habits can increase your risk for developing a cerebral aneurysm. 

The most common risk factors are:

  • Being a woman
  • Increasing age
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Using illegal drugs

Many of these risk factors are controllable. Talk to your doctor about ways you can prevent a brain aneurysm.

 

Treating a Cerebral Brain Aneurysm at Dignity Health North State

A ruptured brain aneurysm requires prompt treatment. Emergency imaging and other diagnostic testing can reveal the location and size of the aneurysm. These details will help your doctor determine if you need treatment. If your brain aneurysm is small, your doctor may monitor it for changes and only prescribe treatment if it worsens. In rare cases, surgery may be needed to repair the ruptured blood vessel. 

Visit Dignity Health North State for emergency and continuous treatment after a brain aneurysm.

Emergency services at Dignity Health North State diagnose and treat a brain aneurysm in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.