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Aortic Aneurysm - What Increases Your Risk

The leading risk factors for an aortic aneurysm are:

  • Being over 65 years old.
  • Being male.
  • Smoking.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Family history of aortic aneurysms in first-degree relatives (parent, brother, or sister).

Abdominal aortic aneurysms are about 5 times more common in men than in women. An aneurysm happens in about 3 to 9 men out of 100 who are older than 50.4

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Atherosclerosis: Your Arteries Age by Age

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    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: January 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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