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WHAT IS A BRAIN ANEURYSM? A brain aneurysm is a weak, bulging area in a blood vessel in the brain that, if it ruptures, can cause death or lifelong disability. Many of those who suffer a ruptured brain aneurysm are in the prime of their lives, with women and people of color disproportionately affected. • O  ne in every 50 people in the United States, or an estimated 6 million people in this country, has an unruptured brain aneurysm. • E  very year approximately 30,000 people in the United States — including children and young adults — suffer a rupture, often without any prior symptoms. Tragically, four out of every ten will die. • E  ven those fortunate enough to survive a ruptured aneurysm are often not spared its devastating effects. Almost seven in ten survivors suffer permanent neurological deficits, which not only affect their own lives but also those of their loved ones. • R  uptured brain aneurysms take an enormous toll on society as well as on patients and families. The combined lost wages of survivors of brain aneurysm ruptures and their caretakers is about $138 million a year, to say nothing of the costs of medical care. But there is hope, and the Brain Aneurysm Foundation is leading the way. With increased awareness and early detection, improved treatments, enhanced support services, and ongoing research — and with your help — we can save and improve countless lives.   “Recognizing a ruptured aneurysm early on can be critical to getting treatment that can reduce the risk of disability and death.” Christopher S. Ogilvy, MD, founder of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation and Executive Director of the foundation’s Medical Advisory Board Warning Signs of a Brain Aneurysm • Localized headache • Dilated pupils • Blurred or double vision • Pain above and behind the eye • Weakness or numbness • Difficulty speaking 3