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Date:4/3/2012

can be influenced by genetic factors and family history may be an indication for screening. People with certain hereditary diseases including connective tissue disorders or polycystic kidney disease can have a higher occurrence. Other associations include arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and blockage of certain blood vessels in the brain. Women are more likely than men to have brain aneurysms. It's estimated about 10 in every 100,000 people will experience a ruptured aneurysm each year.

"Brain aneurysm rupture can be very devastating," said H. Hunt Batjer, MD, chairman of the department of neurological surgery at Northwestern Memorial and Michael J. Marchese Professor of neurological surgery at the Feinberg School. "It's important to know what to look for and who might be at increased risk for aneurysm disease. While current treatments are effective, trials like HEAT have the potential to advance the art and science of brain aneurysm treatment and lead to even better treatment options in the future."


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