Detection and Treatment Guide Updated 2017 Detection-and-Treatment-2017 - Page 7

Causes/Risk Factors Brain aneurysms develop silently. Some people may have inherited a tendency for weak blood vessels, which may lead to the development of aneurysms. Aneurysms in children are rare, and most aneurysms probably develop as a result of wear and tear on the arteries throughout a person’s lifetime. Occasionally, severe head trauma or infection may lead to the development of an aneurysm. There are a number of risk factors that contribute to the formation of aneurysms. Two of the most significant are, fortunately, ones that can be controlled: cigarette smoking and high blood pressure (hypertension) Others are: age (over 40), drug use (particularly cocaine), excessive alcohol use, gender (women have a higher risk), and race (people of color have a higher risk). Wide neck berry aneurysm Fusiform aneurysm 6