Aneurysm Awareness Canada
A place where you can find useful and resourceful information about aneurysms.
We are dedicated to raising awareness about aneurysms by providing useful yet motivational information and resources to the general public and those affected.
IF THEY CAN DO IT, YOU CAN DO IT TOO
An aneurysm occurs when part of a blood vessel (artery) or cardiac chamber swells, – either the blood vessel is damaged, or there is a weakness in the wall of the blood vessel. As blood pressure builds up it balloons out at its weakest point. The swelling can be quite small or very large – when large it tends to extend along the blood vessel. As the aneurysm grows there is a greater risk of rupture – this can lead to severe hemorrhage, and other complications, including sudden death.
There are two main types of aneurysms:
- Aortic aneurysm – occurs in the aorta. Can be abdominal, or thoracic (higher up)
- Cerebral aneurysm – occurs in an artery in the brain.
- People of any age and either sex can have an aneurysm.
Note: The medical information contained in this website is for general information purposes only.