3 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Aneurysm

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Surviving a brain aneurysm takes the kind of skill and state-of-the-art facilities that Hoag’s Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute provides. Even so, no treatment is more powerful than prevention. If you are high-risk, consider these tips to reducing your chances of aneurysm or stroke:

Stick to the Good Stuff. Diets high in saturated and trans fats and sodium can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis and obesity, all of which are risk factors for aneurysms. Limit alcohol to one to two drinks a day, don’t smoke and avoid recreational drugs, which can damage blood vessels.

 

See a Sleep Specialist. Snoring and fatigue may be signs of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a serious medical condition that has been associated with an increased risk of brain aneurysm. Studies have found that people with OSA are less likely to survive a brain aneurysm. So, if you suspect OSA, call specialists at the Hoag Voltmer Sleep Center.

 

Learn Your Family History. Aneurysms can run in the family, so let your primary care physician know if you have a personal or family history. They will refer you to a specialist who can provide regular screenings, such as MRIs, to locate aneurysms and help prevent them from rupturing.

 

If you experience pain or unexplained symptoms, call your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room.

To find a specialist near you, visit hoaghealth.org.