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Edythe Guthy takes after her mother in many ways, and it’s usually a good thing – except in one Michael Kors Hamilton Tote respect. Guthy and her mother were both diagnosed with similar potentially fatal brain aneurysms, 11 years apart. A brain aneurysm is a bulging in a -cerebral artery that often carries no warning symptoms. Their cause can be influenced by factors such as gender, age, race – and family history, as it appears in Guthy’s case.The good news is Guthy also followed in her mother’s footsteps to see Dr. Alejandro Berenstein, an endovascular surgeon and chief of interventional radiology at Roosevelt Hospital in Michael Kors Handbags Manhattan.”When an aneurysm ruptures, nearly half of patients don’t make it to the hospital,” says Berenstein. ”Of those who do, nearly half don’t come out the same way.”Fortunately for the 38-year-old Guthy, who lives near her mother in Levittown, L.I., her aneurysm had not ruptured yet (rupturing can often lead to stroke and permanent brain damage in a matter of minutes). She’s lucky to have caught it in time, as the symptoms had been vague at best.”I had been having a headache on and off for six months, and it had progressively gotten worse,” says Guthy. ”It started out as a light headache – I thought it was related to stress because it was at the top of my neck. Tylenol wasn’t helping it. It was frustrating.”Guthy’s mother, Karen Hancock, 58, can relate.”I had suffered for years Michael Kors Handbags with migraines, but just took it as migraines and treated them as I got them,” she says.Up until the early 1990s, aneurysms had traditionally been surgically clipped, which involves a craniotomy (open skull surgery) to reach the bulge. Around this time, Berenstein was one of the surgeons who began working with new flexible platinum coils, which are inserted via a catheter in the patient’s groin and passed through an artery and up to the brain. The procedure is known as endovascular therapy.’COILING’ THE SPACEA series of smaller and smaller coils are threaded up to the bulge to fill the space, a technique called embolization. ”Eighty to 90% of aneurysms can be coiled,” says Berenstein, although he acknowledges that ”there may be cases where we want to clip it.”Hancock’s aneurysm was discovered in 1994, although one specialist said it was inoperable because of its location Michael Kors Handbags On Sale at the base of the brain. Hancock was referred to -Berenstein, who successfully embolized her aneurysm using the new coils.Eleven years later, Guthy opted for the same operation when an MRI showed a large bulge in the carotid artery behind her right eye. Her aneurysm required 18 coils – two of the standard platinum type followed Michael Kors Handbags Clearance by a series of second-generation hydrogel coils that expand to nine times their size upon insertion, to better fill the space in the aneurysm.Guthy’s five siblings have realized that they, too, may take after Mom in the same way without knowing it. ”We’re going to screen the rest of the family,” says Berenstein.In the meantime, Guthy, a mother of four, is recuperating much faster than she would have after a craniotomy, and is looking forward to fewer headaches around her Michael Kors Store kids. ”We have the whole summer to enjoy,” she says.