What can increase my risk of an aortic aneurysm?

Below is a list of factors that increase your risk for an aortic aneurysm.

1. Risk factors you cannot change include:
  • Age. People over 60 have a higher risk.
  • Sex and race. Aortic aneurysms are more common in men and among Caucasian (white) people.
  • Family history. Your risk for an aortic aneurysm is higher if someone else in your family has had one.
2. Risk factors you can change include:
  • Using tobacco. Smoking or chewing tobacco is closely connected with aortic aneurysms.
  • High blood pressure. The higher your blood pressure, the more stress it places on your arteries. This pressure can lead to an aneurysm.
  • High cholesterol. Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance in your blood that carries fat. If it's too high, it can damage the lining of your arteries.

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