The Importance of Screening: Putting Aneurysm Awareness on the Map

Cerebral aneurysm effect a relatively small percentage of the population when we consider the clinical presentation. This small percentage, however, does not take into consideration the number of individuals yet to be diagnosed.

Many physicians working in cardiology, internal medicine and neurology will tell you that finding a cerebral aneurysm is often an incidental finding on exam when the physician ordered imaging of the brain, to rule out other reasons for a patients presenting symptoms.

With further awareness of primary symptoms and patient presentation, including a complete history, including a drug, dietary and family history, the suspicion of cerebral aneurysm may go up and give the medical community a much more representative number of patients at risk.

The key, like any other movement towards prevention or screening, would be to set up a protocol, often referred to as “standard of care” to initiate early diagnosis.

This awareness concept has saved thousands of lives from numerous other serious illness, including breast cancer, ovarian and uterine cancer, Type 2 Diabetes and cardiovascular disease.