RISK FACTORS FOR AAU

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms occur most often in people age 50 and older.
  • Tobacco use. Tobacco use is a strong risk factor for the development of an aortic aneurysm. The longer you’ve smoked or chewed tobacco, the greater your risk.
  • High blood pressure. Increased blood pressure damages the blood vessels in the body, raising your chances of developing an aneurysm.
  • Atherosclerosis, the buildup of fat and other substances that can damage the lining of a blood vessel, increases your risk of an aneurysm.
  • Being male. Men develop aortic aneurysms much more often than women do. However, women with aortic aneurysms have a higher risk of rupture than do men.
  • Aortic aneurysms occur more commonly in whites than in people of other races.
  • Family history. People who have a family history of aortic aneurysm are at increased risk of having one. People who have a family history of aneurysms tend to develop aneurysms at a younger age and are at higher risk of rupture.
  • Bruit in abdomen – or pulsation can be a sign of an aneurysm.