MAYWOOD, Ill. (May 29, 2014) – Loyola University Medical Center and the Brain Aneurysm Foundation are hosting a new support group for brain aneurysm patients, caregivers, family members and friends.
Meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month at Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood. The meeting will be held at Pastoral Care & Education in the lower level of the hospital (McGaw Building). Refreshments will be served.
The keynote speaker for the first meeting will be William W. Ashley, Jr., MD, PhD, MBA, a neurological surgeon at Loyola who treats brain aneurysms.
“The Brain Aneurysm Support Group will provide support and education for anyone who is coping with the difficulties caused by brain aneurysms and other endovascular problems,” Ashley said.
An aneurysm is a weak spot on the wall of a brain artery that balloons outward. Over time pressure can cause the aneurysm to rupture, spilling blood into the space around the brain. A ruptured brain aneurysm commonly requires advanced surgical treatment.
Ashley is trained in traditional open-surgery techniques as well as less-invasive endovascular techniques that employ catheters to repair aneurysms. For each individual patient, Ashley uses the safest and most effective technique.
For more information about the Brain Aneurysm Support Group, contact Angela Smolenski, APN, at ASmolenski@lumc.edu or (708) 216-3208.