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Aneurysm Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • Have you ever had an aneurysm before or has anyone in your family had one?
  • Have you developed any new symptoms, such as vision problems, headaches, or memory or speech problems?
  • When was your last brain imaging exam?
  • How often, if at all, do you miss a dose of medicine to treat your chronic medical conditions?
  • Do you need help quitting smoking?
  • Do you have any symptoms, such as vision problems, headache, or memory or speech problems?
  • Do you have a history of smoking? If yes, for how long and in what amount? Are you currently smoking?
  • How much alcohol do you consume in a typical week?
  • Do you use recreational drugs, such as cocaine?
  • Do you have a family history of aneurysm?
  • Do you have any chronic medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes?
  • What tests and treatments have you had so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Have you ever had an imaging exam of your brain?
  • What is an aneurysm?
  • What causes an aneurysm?
  • What factors increase the risk of developing an aneurysm?
  • How do you diagnose an aneurysm?
  • Do aneurysms always cause symptoms?
  • How big is my aneurysm and where is it located?
  • What is the likelihood of my aneurysm rupturing?
  • What happens when an aneurysm ruptures?
  • What can I do to lower the risk of my aneurysm rupturing?
  • Does my aneurysm require treatment or do I just need follow-up testing?
  • What are my treatment options and what are the risks?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to my aneurysm?
  • Does my aneurysm require treatment or is it safe to monitor it?
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Brain Aneurysm Repair
Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 1
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Brain Aneurysm. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/brain-aneurysm/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20361595
  2. Williams LN, Brown RD. Management of unruptured intracranial aneurysms. Neurol Clin Pract. 2013 Apr; 3(2): 99–108.
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