Brain Aneurysm Risks

We often see patients diagnosed with brain aneurysms (or conditions related to them) for initial evaluations or second opinions.

Our expertise is in guiding patients through options – including managing the condition to decrease risk, monitoring how the brain aneurysm is advancing, or providing a comprehensive range of treatment solutions when needed. 

Our neurosurgeons recommend surgical or minimally invasive endovascular treatment options when brain aneurysms are at risk of rupturing. It’s important to remember that “less invasive” does not mean there is less risk.

Managing Conditions That Increase Risk for Brain Aneurysms

Because of our team’s expertise in cerebrovascular disorders, we can help you manage conditions that increase the risk for brain aneurysms. Because we’re part of a comprehensive academic medical center, we work with our colleagues from other areas of expertise when needed.

Conditions that are risk factors for a brain aneurysm include:

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

Brain Aneurysms Increase Risk for Stroke

A brain aneurysm increases your chances of a hemorrhagic stroke <link to 2.63.2 Hemorrhagic Stroke>. If an aneurysm ruptures, it leaks blood into the space around the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage) and causes a stroke.

If you have an aneurysm that causes a stroke, UT Southwestern offers emergency care to evaluate your condition and provide immediate treatment while also providing a stroke unit and dedicated neurocritical care unit and stroke rehabilitation.

We are an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center as certified by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a brain aneurysm specialist at UT Southwestern’s facilities in Dallas or to learn more about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.