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Peter Gammons

Dr. Day was recently featured in Boston Magazine for his work with Peter Gammons, the legendary baseball journalist who suffered a life-threatening brain aneurysm several years ago. In the Boston Magazine article, Mr. Gammons comments on the impressive care he received from Dr. Arthur Day, noting that other physicians had assessed his recovery time at a year and a half. Due to Dr. Day’s expertise, Mr. Gammons was able to return to work in only two and a half months.

Also referred to as a cerebral or intracranial aneurysm, a brain aneurysm is an abnormal swelling of one of the arteries located within the brain. Often discovered only after a rupture occurs, a brain aneurysm can lead to a hemorrhagic stroke, severe damage to the brain, and even death.

Every year, 30,000 people suffer from aneurismal subarachnoid hemorrhage, or the bursting of the enlarged vessel segment. An estimated 10 to 15 percent of these cases result in fatalities before hospital care can be given, and more than 50 percent of individuals who suffer a trauma of this kind die within a month. Of those who survive an aneurysm, many are left with some form of permanent neurological disability. Although brain aneurysms most often occur in adults ages 35-60, people of all ages are susceptible, women being more likely to suffer from aneurysms than men.

There are many treatment options available for both ruptured and intact brain aneurysms that can enable a person to live a healthy, functional life. Due to the pioneering work of physicians such as Dr. Day, instances of fatalities and permanent brain damage resulting from aneurysms are steadily decreasing.

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