A brain aneurysm is a weak area on the wall of a blood vessel in the brain. Over time, this weakened area bulges or balloons out. Aneurysms can occasionally rupture and cause bleeding in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). Most brain aneurysms, however, don’t rupture, create health problems, or cause symptoms, and they are often detected during tests for other conditions.
With early detection through MRIs, neurosurgeons can find and apply lifesaving surgical strategies to treat an aneurysm before it bursts. If a leak or rupture does occur, it is a life-threatening condition and requires prompt medical treatment.
In 2010, the Joint Commission certified St. Paul University Hospital as a Primary Stroke Center. In 2011, the program was established as a comprehensive stroke center, which recognizes the hospital as a primary referral destination, taking on the most complex cases from across the country.
Neurological surgeons at UT Southwestern Medical Center have performed more pre-emptive surgeries to prevent aneurysm-induced stroke than any medical center – more than 2,500 over the last decade. We can help you determine which treatment is appropriate for you.