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Interesting new research suggests patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms should be screened for brain aneurysms

Posted on December 30, 2009

Illustration of saccular brain aneurysm

In addition to seeking out and investigating new treatments for brain aneurysms, Dr. Demetrius Lopes, neurosurgeon at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, also continually looks for research to support activities to detect brain aneurysms before they rupture. Why? The simple fact is that patients treated for unruptured aneurysms found incidentally because of an accident or other health concern fair significantly better than patients that present with a ruptured aneurysms that is bleeding in the brain. In fact adverse outcomes in the treatment of unruptured aneurysms occur in less than 1% of cases. On the other hand, forty percent of patients experiencing ruptured aneurysms die within the first month.

Therefore, Dr. Lopes agrees that the new research published in the American Journal of Cardiology which establishes a link between patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms and brain aneurysms is significant. The study by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine found that patients with TAA were nine times more likely to have a brain aneurysm when compared with the general population. Those risks increased even further with patients that smoked or had hypertension (high blood pressure).

The authors of the study suggested that patients with TAA should be screened for possible brain aneurysms. Dr. Lopes is currently discussing this issue with his cardiology colleagues at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Lopes frequently collaborates with the interventional cardiologists at Rush to ensure patients receive a comprehensive approach to their vascular disease.

If you have a question about whether you should be screened for a brain aneurysm, please email Dr. Lopes at info@ChicagoStrokeMD.com.