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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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Last Updated: February 22, 2012
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