The Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation announces that Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued a proclamation declaring September as Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month in the state of Florida. Compared to other conditions like cardiac arrest and stroke, most people have little awareness about the signs and symptoms of a brain aneurysm. Just like a heart attack or a stroke, a ruptured brain aneurysm is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment.
“Awareness is the beginning of prevention,” said Olivia Hoblit, president and founder of the Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation, a northeast Florida nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and providing funding for neurological research for brain aneurysms. “September is national Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month, and we are honored that Gov. DeSantis has declared September as Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month here in Florida.”
According to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, approximately one in 50 people has an unruptured brain aneurysm and the annual rate of ruptured aneurysms in the United States is about eight to 10 in every 100,000 people, or about 30,000 people a year. Every 18 minutes, a brain aneurysm ruptures. And when it does, death or lifelong disabilities often result. Researchers estimate six million Americans have an unruptured brain aneurysm.
“Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month is the ideal time to educate our community about brain aneurysms,” said Hoblit. “In addition, we will hold our annual fundraising event on September 17, 2022 in Amelia Island. The funds raised will help us to continue to meet our mission of supporting and funding neurological research, training and treatment, and raising awareness for brain aneurysms, stroke and other cerebrovascular conditions.”
The accurate and early diagnosis of a ruptured brain aneurysm can greatly affect outcomes. Thanks to medical advancements, treatment for brain aneurysms is more promising today than it was just a few years ago. Survivors of a ruptured brain aneurysm often experience what they describe as “the worst headache ever.” A sudden, severe headache is a common warning sign that someone may be suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm. Other signs include dilated pupils, blurred vision, pain behind the eye, weakness and numbness, and difficulty speaking.
|Aneurysm Risk Factors||Sudden Warning Signs/Symptoms|
|Smoking||Loss of consciousness|
|High blood pressure||Confusion|
|Family history of brain aneurysm||Seizure|
|Age over 40||Nausea and vomiting|
|Person of color||Sensitivity to light|
|Drug use (particularly cocaine)||Numbness or weakness|
|Pain behind eye|