Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm | Causes & Risk Factors


Who gets an AAA?

Doctors don’t know what exactly causes an AAA, but aneurysms in general are more common in older people, especially men older than 60 years of age. AAA may also run in families. The following risk factors also can increase your chances of developing an AAA:

  • High blood pressure
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • Emphysema


Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm by GR Upchurch, Jr., M.D. and TA Schaub, M.D. (American Family Physician April 01, 2006, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060401/1198.html)

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Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 04/06