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What increases my risk of having a thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA)?

The following may put you at higher risk of having thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA):
  • Being overweight
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Having diabetes (high blood sugar levels)
  • Having a close family member with TAA
  • Having hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Being male and over 65 years of age
  • Having a connective tissue disease, such as Marfan's or Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

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