A brain scan with MRI angiography is strongly advised for anyone who has two immediate family members who have an aneurysm.
Most aneurysms are silent, meaning they have no symptoms until they rupture. It is impossible to predict if and when an aneurysm may burst open, but when it does, it can be fatal 40% of the time. On the other hand, many people die of old age with an aneurysm, but not because of it.
The risk of rupture increases if you are a woman, you smoke, have high blood pressure, drink alcohol excessively, or use recreational drugs. These risks are controllable with the right help!
If you do have an aneurysm, Mayfield, or your neurosurgery provider of choice, can help you understand your individual risk of rupture, counsel you on reducing your risks, and provide treatment if needed.