If you suspect a ruptured brain aneurysm, it's imperative to call your doctor immediately. The assessment for a suspected aneurysm rupture should be carried out promptly, ideally in a hospital's emergency department.
A ruptured aneurysm is a life-threatening event. Any sudden and severe headache should prompt immediate evaluation by a doctor, particularly if it's accompanied by the following:
Individuals who experience migraine headaches with an established headache pattern should seek evaluation for a sudden, severe headache that differs from their usual pattern. This may include:
Family members, especially siblings, of individuals with known aneurysms or a history of ruptured aneurysms are at higher risk and should seek prompt care for any new or concerning headache.
Anyone who has survived a ruptured aneurysm should be especially vigilant and seek immediate care for any new or suspicious headache. Additionally, prompt care should be sought for any of these symptoms:
Currently, doctors do not recommend routine screening of family members for asymptomatic aneurysms.
Screening is advised for families with no symptoms but who have two members with a history of ruptured aneurysms.
The primary modifiable risk factors for aneurysm rupture include:
Furthermore, the use of amphetamines (speed), cocaine, and many medications for common colds can significantly raise blood pressure and increase the risk of rupture in individuals with brain aneurysms.