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What percentage of people that have an abdominal aortic aneurysm die from it? is it possible to live out the rest of your life without having it rupture?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Depends: Thoracic, abdominal, age , other risk factors. Many will be followed and some will need surgery. Risk of unknown, in our obese society is higher than in those with known and followed.
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
It's possible: Ruptured AAA is still in the top 20 causes of death. However, if you know you have a AAA you can impact its course. Getting it fixed and/or managing your risk factors with your vascular team is a possible.

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