How common are abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA)?

Dr. Michael L. Schwartz, MD
Vascular Surgeon

Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are uncommon, occurring in approximately 5 percent of the population. They are more common in men over the age of 65. Risk factors include smoking and having a close relative with an aortic aneurysm.

Dr. Joshua I. Greenberg, MD
Vascular Surgeon

Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are far more common in men than in women. About 200,000 people a year are diagnosed with it. Further, about one in 10 people over the age of 65 have an abdominal aortic aneurysm and may not even know it.

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