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Patient Discharge Instructions

Ruptured Cerebral Aneurysm

The following instructions are provided to guide you during your recovery at home. Please carefully read and follow these guidelines to ensure a smooth healing process:


  • Take all prescribed medications as directed by your doctor, including anti-seizure medications, pain relievers, blood thinners, and any other medications.
  • Follow the recommended schedule and dosage instructions provided to you.
  • If you experience any adverse reactions or have concerns about your medications, consult your healthcare provider.

Physical and Cognitive and Rest:

  • Rest is crucial for brain healing. Avoid strenuous physical activities, including exercise, for the first few weeks following your aneurysm rupture.
  • Limit activities that require intense concentration or mental effort, such as reading, working on a computer, or watching television for extended periods.
  • Take regular breaks and ensure sufficient sleep and rest throughout the day.

Diet and Nutrition:

  • Follow a healthy and balanced diet to support your recovery and overall well-being.
  • Ensure an adequate intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
  • Limit your intake of sodium and avoid excessive caffeine or alcohol consumption.

Lifestyle Modifications:

  • Manage your blood pressure and cholesterol levels as advised by your doctor. Follow any recommended lifestyle modifications, such as regular exercise, a low-sodium diet, and smoking cessation if applicable.
  • Make any necessary modifications in your home to improve safety and reduce the risk of falls or injuries.

Signs of Issues:

  • Be aware of any signs of potential issues and seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following:
  • Severe headache, neck stiffness, or persistent nausea and vomiting
  • Increased drowsiness or difficulty waking up
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Slurred speech or difficulty understanding speech
  • Weakness or numbness in the arms or legs
  • Changes in vision, such as blurred or double vision
  • Unusual behavior, confusion, or difficulty remembering things
  • Fever with a temperature above 100.4°F (38°C)

Emotional Support and Mental Health:

  • It is common to experience emotional changes, such as anxiety or depression, after a ruptured cerebral aneurysm. Seek support from friends, family, or a mental health professional.
  • If you experience symptoms of depression, anxiety, or any other mental health concerns, consult your healthcare provider for appropriate guidance and support.

Follow-Up Appointments:

  • Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor to monitor your progress and address any concerns.
  • Discuss with your healthcare provider any questions or difficulties you may be experiencing during your recovery.

Support System:

  • Ensure that you have a support system in place, including family members or caregivers who can assist you during your recovery.
Remember, recovery from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm is a gradual process, and it may take time to regain function and adapt to any changes. Be patient with yourself and follow the recommendations provided by your healthcare team. Reach out to your healthcare provider if you have any concerns or questions during your recovery.

Wishing you a smooth recovery and improved health. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further assistance.


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