Brain Aneurysms - Are they hereditary?
If one or more people in your family have had or have a brain aneurysm (ruptured or unruptured), you may be asking yourself if you might have one too? Some studies have shown that if you have a first degree relative (parent, brother/sister, child) with a brain aneurysm, you may be more likely to have one as well. There are also syndromes (such as Ehlers-Danlos) that may be connected to brain aneurysms.
Data from a large study of familial aneurysms (the Familial Intracranial Aneurysm Study) indicate that there is a 20 percent incidence of aneurysms in first-degree relatives of patients with a familial aneurysm
If you have a first degree relative with a brain aneurysm (ruptured or unruptured) ask your doctor if having a brain scan (MRA) might be right for you. It could be the decision that saves your life!
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The video, while long, highlights the need for patients to be firm advocates for their own health. If you know you have aneurysms in your family and you begin to develop headaches or other symptoms, don't take "your too young to have an aneurysm" or " It's just a migraine" as the final word.