Do Changes in Hormones Cause Brain Aneurysms?

In the first study of its kind, neurointerventionalists at Rush University Medical Center, are examining whether hormone changes explain why brain aneurysms are more frequently found in menopausal women.

While the research is in its early stages, doctors at Rush say the findings may be significant.  Study results suggest that oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may yield additional benefit of protecting against the formation and rupture of brain aneurysms in women.

By understanding the potential link between low levels of estrogen and aneurysms, we can focus our areas of study with the hope of providing women who are at risk for brain aneurysms with preventative therapies,” said Dr. Michael Chen, study lead investigator and neurointerventionalist  at Rush.

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