What are the risk factors for developing an aneurysm?

Dr. David W. Drucker, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

One of the risk factors for aneurysms is your own family history: Aneurysms have family predominance. If a male has had an aneurysm, then first-degree male relatives should look to be aggressively screened. Secondly, smoking dramatically increases your risk for developing aneurysms.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Watch this video to learn more from Dr. Mehmet Oz about aneurysms.

Anyone can develop an aneurysm -- but most people who do were actually born with a hidden vulnerability to the problem. In this video, stroke neurologist Dr. Carolyn Brockington explains what increases the risk of an aneurysm and who is more likely to develop one.

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