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what are causes/risk factors of/for aneurysms and embolisms?

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Dr. Bradley Thomas
18 years experience Vascular Surgery
Abdominal (AAA)?: We are not quite sure what actually causes an AAA to form in some people. The leading thought is that the aneurysm may be caused by inflammation in the aorta, which may cause its wall to weaken or break down. Most believe that this inflammation can be associated with atherosclerosis (also called hardening of the arteries) or risk factors for atherosclerosis, such as high blood pressure and smoking.
Answered on Feb 26, 2016
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Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Aneurysms: Atherosclerosis- common with wall deterioration and expansion possible anywhere in aorta congenital- rare marfan syndrome syphilis rare anymore embolism arterial can be from arterial plaque, ulcerated plaque, platelet thrombi on plaque, intravascular thrombus like in an aneurysm.
Answered on Feb 26, 2016

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