Medical Mondays – Aaron Grossman, MD, PhD on Brain Aneurysms

It’s Medical Mondays with UC Health. Today, we are talking with Dr. Aaron Grossman, assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery, who specializes in brain aneurysms at UC Health.

Q: What is a brain aneurysm and how common are they?
A: An aneurysm is an out-pouching along the blood vessel in the brain like a balloon on the side of a garden hose. One in 50 people have a brain aneurysm, and they typically don’t cause any symptoms at all. Very rarely an aneurysm can burst or rupture.

Q: How do you know when you are having a ruptured brain aneurysm?
A: If a brain aneurysm ruptures, it can feel suddenly like the worst headache of your life, and it’s a life-threatening event. You need to call 9-1-1 to bring you to UC.

Q: As an interventional neurologist, how do you treat brain aneurysms?
A: I specialize in a procedure from inside the blood vessels to block off blood flow to the aneurysm and prevent rupture.

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