A Look to the Future

Unfortunately, the morbidity and mortality rate for subarachnoid hemorrhage has not changed significantly in the past decade. Hope for decreasing the devastating consequences of SAH includes increased awareness of warning signs, prompt diagnosis and referral, preventative treatment of known aneurysms, early surgery to prevent rebleeding and improved treatment of vasospasms.

Future advances in the management of cerebral aneurysms are likely to include early diagnosis and treatment of patients before rupture. Aneurysm screening in high-risk patients is likely to be cost effective, as acute medical care and rehabilitation for patients with SAH costs millions of dollars annually. With increased public and health care professional education about the warning signs of an impending major SAH, many more patients may be identified and treated prophylactically before a devastating SAH occurs.

To reinforce this course, visit this UCSF site for comprehensive information about SAH (You may be prompted to download a file, that can be opened from your own computer.)