The Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation has announced that Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued a proclamation declaring September as Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month in the state of Florida, according to a news release.
A sudden severe headache is a common warning sign that someone may be suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm. Other signs include dilated pupils, blurred vision, pain behind the eye, weakness and numbness, and difficulty speaking.
Risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, family history of brain aneurysm, age 40 and older, female, person of color, and drug use (particularly cocaine).
According to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, approximately one in 50 people has an unruptured brain aneurysm. Every 18 minutes, a brain aneurysm ruptures, and when it does, death or lifelong disabilities often result, the release said.
“Awareness is the beginning of prevention,” said Olivia Hobbit, president and founder of the foundation, in the release.
To learn more about brain aneurysms and the foundation, or to donate, visit TrinityHoblit.org.