In the general population, an abdominal
aortic aneurysm (AAA) happens in about 1 out of 100 men
ages 45 to 54. But AAAs occur more often as people get older: up to 12 out of 100
men ages 75 to 84.1 Women are 2 to 5 times less likely
than men to have an AAA.2
Abdominal aortic aneurysms are more likely if you have ever smoked or have a first-degree
relative (parent, brother, or sister) who has had an AAA.
Atherosclerosis -- sometimes called hardening of the arteries -- can slowly narrow and harden the arteries throughout the body. When atherosclerosis affects the arteries of the heart, it’s called coronary artery disease.
Coronary artery disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans. Most of these deaths are from heart attacks, caused by sudden blood clots in the heart’s arteries.
Atherosclerosis can create life-threatening blockages, without you ever feeling a thing. Since we’re all at risk for coronary...
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Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery
January 26, 2010
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