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Why Are Women More Likely to Have Brain Aneurysms Compared to Men?

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A brain aneurysm is a diseased or abnormal dilatation of the cerebral arteries at a weak spot. These typically thin-walled aneurysmal sacs of blood may continue to enlarge because of the force of the arterial pulsatile flow. A ruptured aneurysm leads to a subarachnoid hemorrhage, an SAH.

Skewed Gender Representation in Aneurysm Formation

Worldwide, cerebral aneurysms occur in 3.2% of the global population, with the mean age of presentation being 50 years. Scientists estimate that over 6 million Americans have an unruptured aneurysm in the brain, and about 30,000 of them rupture ...