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what could lead to an aortic aneurysm?

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Dr. Timothy Wu
Vascular Surgery 18 years experience
Aortic Aneurysms: It is not entirely clear exactly what causes aortic aneurysms, but we know of a few risk factors, probably the most significant of which is smoking. Other risk factors include atherosclerosis and high blood pressure. There is also a hereditary component, so these can run in families. There are also genetic syndromes such as Marfan's or ehlers-danlos which are associated. See a vascular surgeon.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Unclear: Atherosclerosis syphilis hypertension congenital and familial syndromes and collagen diseases marfan, ehlers danlos all these entities are associated and there are theories of genetic flaws or ischemia of the wall etc.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can smoking lead to aortic aneurysm?

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Dr. Rupen Parikh
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Yes: Smoking can cause the atherosclerosis or accelerate it and its also known to cause aortic aneurysm.
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Is aortic aneurysm a common condition?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
No but its not rare: Abdominal aortic aneurysms are more common than thoracic . An aneurysm is defined as an enlargement of the aorta 1.5 x the normal diameter. The incidence is around 37 per 100, 000 patient yrs. There is a 3% prevalence in those over 50 yrs old. Male to female ratio of 9 to 1. Risk factors hypertension, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, family history and age.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

What are activities to avoid for an aortic aneurysm?

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Dr. Laura Pak
Vascular Surgery 28 years experience
Heavy lifting: We tell people with aortic aneurysms to avoid activities that will increase intraabdominal pressure. This would include lifting anything so heavy it makes you grunt, doing sit-ups or crunches, or forceful straining on the toilet.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What are causes of an aortic aneurysm?

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Dr. Laura Pak
Vascular Surgery 28 years experience
Several things: About 5% of men over the age of 65 have abdominal aortic aneurysms. Risk factors include: increasing age, male sex, family history of aneurysm (may increase your risk 4-fold), hypertension, and history of smoking. Dissecting aneurysms can be caused by localized damage to to the artery from hypertension or trauma (deceleration or sheering-type injury) or catheter injury from an angiogram.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

What is an aortic aneurysm?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Large aorta: An aortic aneurysm is an aorta which is larger than it should be. This is typically due weakness of the walls of the aorta. This weakness can be secondary to degenerative change, congenital (born with it) abnormalities of the wall of the aorta, or trauma.

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