Video Educates First Responders to Symptoms of Brain Aneurysms

An estimated one in fifty people in North America has a brain aneurysm. If the brain aneurysm is diagnosed early with proper screening, an aneurysm can be treated before it ruptures, saving lives. About 40% of those experiencing a ruptured brain aneurysm will die.

To help ensure the proper diagnosis of brain aneurysms, The Brain Aneurysm Foundation has developed an educational video entitled Early Detection of Brain Aneurysms: Life vs. Death. Designed to educate primary care physicians, emergency room physicians and first responders on the early detection of brain aneurysms, this 20 minute video focuses on recognizing the symptoms related to a brain aneurysm and performing appropriate diagnostic brain imaging to determine if an aneurysm is present. Early Detection of Brain Aneurysms: Life vs. Death is available now and can be viewed for CME credit at or copies of the DVD can be acquired by calling 888-272-4602 or emailing

An estimated 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm, a weak bulging spot on the wall of a brain artery. Individuals who receive treatment for an unruptured aneurysm generally require less rehabilitative therapy and recover more quickly than those that survive a ruptured aneurysm.

People who suffer a ruptured brain aneurysm (subarachnoid hemorrhage) will often have warning signs; however, they are often misdiagnosed. The most common warning signs are headaches, blurred vision, neck stiffness or pain, nausea or other neurological symptoms such as dizziness or numbness or a change in mental awareness. Misdiagnosis, or a delay in diagnosis of a ruptured brain aneurysm, may result in death or severe disability for the survivor.

With the help of the medical community, this early detection video can help promote brain aneurysm awareness and directly benefit those affected by brain aneurysms.

The video Early Detection of Brain Aneurysms: Life vs. Death has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for CME (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Vanderbilt School of Medicine and the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. Vanderbilt School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for CME to provide Continuing Medical Education for physicians.

For more information on The Brain Aneurysm Foundation and Early Detection of Brain Aneurysms: Life vs. Death, please visit

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation was established in Boston, MA on August 19, 1994 as a public charity. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation is the nation's only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to providing critical awareness, education, support and research funding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysms.

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