A Brain Aneurysm Can Lead to a Stroke

Couple hugs outsideA brain aneurysm is a weakness in a blood vessel supplying the brain with oxygenated blood. The breaking down of the vessel can lead it to balloon and fill with blood. In most cases, aneurysms don’t cause any issues and just remain as a small bulge in the vessel. However, if the brain aneurysm leaks or ruptures, the blood can make contact with brain tissue, placing pressure on the organ and potentially inflaming the tissue. This can result in a hemorrhagic stroke, a condition that can lead to permanent brain damage if it isn’t properly treated in a timely manner. Tampa General Hospital is well-equipped to provide prompt and effective medical care for all types of strokes, no matter their origin. As a comprehensive stroke center, we have the resources necessary to diagnose strokes caused by a brain aneurysm, provide the emergency care needed to treat the condition, and orchestrate the rehabilitative services a stroke patient may require. Our highly trained staff can help through every step of the process. Our neurosurgeons can utilize a range of surgical methods to address a brain aneurysm, completing advanced procedures including:
  • Surgical clipping – placing a clamp at the base of an aneurysm to halt blood flow and prevent further complications
  • Coiling – placing tiny coils within a brain aneurysm to stop blood flow into the bulge
  • Intracranial bypass – rerouting the flow of blood to the brain to bypass a damaged artery

We also offer stereotactic radiosurgery, a treatment that uses concentrated radiation to address blood vessel issues without the need for an incision. Following emergency intervention, our staff works with each patient to assess their physical, speech, and occupational therapy needs and develop a plan to help them retain or regain as much brain function as possible.

If you believe that you or someone around you is experiencing a stroke due to a brain aneurysm or another cause, call 9-1-1 immediately and ask for transportation to the nearest comprehensive stroke center. The longer medical care is delayed, the greater the risk of lasting brain damage and loss of brain function.