Aneurysm facts

  • An aneurysm occurs when part of the blood vessel or cardiac chamber swells.
  • The aneurysm can occur in any part of the body though they often occur in the wall of the aorta.
  • The two main types of aneurysms are aortic and cerebral.
  • Aneurysms are more common in men and people over 65 years.
  • Symptoms depend on the size of the aneurysm and how rapidly it is growing and its location.
  • A large cerebral aneurysm can lead to numbness of the face or problems with the eyes.
  • Cerebral aneurysms generally form at the base of the brain.
  • 1 in 4 aortic aneurysms is in the thorax.
  • The aim of the treatment of aortic aneurysms is to prevent its rupture.
  • A ruptured brain aneurysm can be treated by surgical clipping or endovascular coiling.
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