Students and faculty at Blue Valley High School are mourning the loss of a beloved coach, who suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm. The tragedy shines a spotlight on this serious condition, and offers the chance to talk about this rare, but sometimes deadly affliction.
Dr. Kathrin Husmann is a critical care neurologist at The University of Kansas Health System. In the video, she describes what a brain aneurysm is and how common it can be. She explains that having a brain aneurysm by itself often requires only periodic monitoring by a doctor, but a ruptured brain aneurysm is a critical emergency that requires immediate medical treatment. She talks about the risk factors, symptoms and warning signs, plus how it is diagnosed and treated. She also explains why your best chance at survival depends on going to a facility with a team that has expertise in treating this condition.