Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Abdominal aortic aneurysm symptoms
Most people with AAA have no symptoms at all. Such aneurysms are usually found during tests for other problems. Depending on the size, you may need surgery right away. If it is relatively small, your doctor may just want you to visit regularly to check for growth.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm risks
We don’t know the exact cause of aortic aneurysm. We do know that people with certain risk factors may be more likely to get it. Some risk factors are under your control, while others are not.
- Age: people age 60 and older are at greater risk
- Tobacco use: smoking increases your risk dramatically
- Family history of this problem
- Gender: men are 5 times more likely to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Health History: if you have heart disease or peripheral artery disease, you are at greater risk
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol
- Sedentary lifestyle