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Make September 2014 Your Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month

Photo credit: Gene Tobia

September will become National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month if bipartisan congressional bills introduced this year have their say. Introduced earlier this year in both the U.S. House and Senate, the legislation aims to call attention to the nearly six million Americans living with the condition, and the approximately 30,000 patients who experience a rupture of an aneurysm each year.

Brain aneurysms, most commonly of a type called “berry aneurysms,” are abnormal pockets extending out from the blood vessels of the brain. Due to their abnormal nature, these pockets are at an increased risk of breaking open, causing potentially devastating damage to the brain. Fortunately, experienced physicians with Columbia Neurosurgery practice advanced techniques for treating this complex issue.

Dr. Robert Solomon, chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Columbia, heads a team of experts at our Cerebrovascular Center, providing comprehensive management of aneurysms both before and after rupture. Surgery and radiation can reduce or even eliminate the risk these abnormalities present. The surgeons and radiologists of the Cerebrovascular Center individualize each treatment plan with respect to the patient’s condition, overall health, and concerns.

The Endovascular Center, headed by Dr. Sean Lavine, specializes in minimally invasive techniques to treat aneurysms. As an alternative to surgery, Dr. Lavine’s experienced team employs catheterization to treat unruptured aneurysms from within the blood vessel, in addition to radiotherapy. Similar to catheterization of the heart, this procedure involves guiding a catheter up the patient’s blood vessels to the aneurysm, employing a method called “coiling” to neutralize the threat without opening the skull.

Different approaches work best for different patients. All brain aneurysm patients wondering how to move forward should take command of their condition by consulting with one of the experts at Columbia Neurosurgery at New York – Presbyterian Hospital. Anyone who has a history of brain aneurysms in the family should also consider getting themselves screened for the condition.

Make September your month to take action on brain aneurysms, for yourself or for someone you love.

Check our aneurysm page here for more information on aneurysm causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

Find out more about the doctors who treat aneurysms at Columbia University Medical Center’s Cerebrovascular Center on their bio pages below:

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