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She was at work when symptoms hit. A headache like no other. An aneurysm ruptured in her brain. If this happens, you have a 40-percent chance of surviving. But doctors at Mayo Clinic performed a surgical procedure that saved the life of the woman you're about to meet. All without open brain surgery.
Here are five words nobody wants to hear from their doctor: you have a brain aneurysm. Left untreated, aneurysms, or ballooning of blood vessels, can grow and possibly rupture, causing brain damage or even death. Treatment used to mean major surgery. But now there are less invasive options for many people. Doctors at Mayo Clinic are using a new device to repair aneurysms. It's called a flow diverter, and it works by redirecting the blood flow away from the aneurysm. Vivien Williams reports.