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Jacksonville neurosurgeon warns severe headache could be sign of brain aneurysm

by: Letisha Bereola, Action News Jax Updated:

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month and one national foundation created after the death of a longtime news reporter Lisa Colagrossi is working to bring attention to ruptured brain aneurysms.

A neurosurgeon at the Mayo Clinc said approximately one in every 50 people have brain aneurysms, which can cause a life-threatening type of stroke. Most of the time people don’t feel it.

“When an aneurysm bleeds, it’s extremely classic for the sudden onset of the worst headache of your life," Dr. Ben Brown said. "Something you’ve never felt before."

He said if that happens, get medical attention. He said it could save your life, but in some cases nothing can be done.  

“We think a third of people who have a ruptured brain aneurysm don’t make it to the hospital,” Brown said.

Brown said the risk factors include high blood pressure, smoking and family history of brain aneurysms.

Learn more about brain aneurysms at http://tlcfound.org/