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Who is at Risk for a Brain Aneurysm?

Aneurysms can be caused by various factors. Some people have a higher risk for brain aneurysm. You may be at increased risk if you have any of the following factors or medical conditions:

  • A strong family history (more than one immediate family member with a brain
    aneurysm)
  • Previous history of brain aneurysm
  • Finnish ancestry
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Collagen Vascular Disease ,such as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome or Marfan Syndrome
  • Female gender
  • Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD)
  • Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM)

Risk factors for developing or having bleeding from an aneurysm also include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol intake  

If you have any risk factors for developing an aneurysm, it's important discuss screening tests and treatment options with your healthcare provider.