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What to do if your family history includes brain aneurysm

The condition that led to the hospitalization of music mogul Dr. Dre is not uncommon, and a D.C.-area neurologist has advice on what to do if you are susceptible to a ruptured brain aneurysm.

As of Monday, Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, remained in intensive careat Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm last week.

Each year, about 1 in 50 Americans — roughly 6.5 million people total — have brain aneurysms that have not ruptured. About 30,000 people a year suffer ruptured brain aneurysms, and about 15% of them die before reaching the hospital.

“If you have a family history of an aneurysm, the most important thing you can do is keep your blood pressure in good check, make sure you exercise regularly, make sure you don’t get overweight and decrease your alcohol consumption,” said Dr. Ejaz A. Shamim, chief of neurology and chair of the Neuroscience Institute at Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States.

 

Read the full story on WTOP News.