Preventing a brain aneurysm

You can'talways prevent brain aneurysms, but you canlower your risk by not smoking andreducing high blood pressure.


If you smoke, stopping can significantly reduce your risk of developing a brain aneurysm.

If you decide to stop smoking, your GP can refer you to an NHS stop smokingservice, whichprovides dedicated help and advice about the best ways to give up smoking.

You can also call the Smokefree NationalHelpline on 0300 123 1044. The specially trained helpline staff can offer you free expert advice and encouragement.

If you're committed to giving up smoking but don't want to be referred to a stop smoking service, your GP should be able to prescribe medical treatment to help with any withdrawal symptoms you may have after quitting.

See treatments to help you stop smoking and stop smoking advice for more information.

High blood pressure

Having high blood pressure can also significantly increase your chance of developing a brain aneurysm.

You can help reduce high blood pressure by:

  • eating a healthy diet in particular, cutting down on salt and eating plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • moderating your alcohol intakemen and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week
  • maintaining a healthy weight even losing just a few pounds will make a big difference to your blood pressure and overall health
  • exercising regularly being active and taking regular exercise lowers blood pressure by keeping your heart and blood vessels in good condition
  • cutting down on caffeine it's fine to drink tea, coffee and other caffeine-rich drinksas part of a balanced diet, but it's important these drinks aren't your only source of fluid


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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 30 Nov 2016