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I am 22. how long does it take for the aorta to become less flexible and in risk for aneurysms and dissection. smoked on and off for some years...

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
For sure?: NMS but no one can tell you when and if aneurysm and dissection would occur. Arteries do get more rigid as we age and probably happens to everyone to a variable extent by age 40. At age 23, your risk is nearly non-existent but you need to stop smoking which can only hasten arteriosclerosis which you are so concerned about.
Dr. Olakitan Akinjagunla
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Genetic: Smoking will cause premature arteriosclerosis but your genes and other factors such as your diet, will also play a part. STOP SMOKING. There is help if you wish to stop

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