What Is Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

Q:
What is abdominal aortic aneurysm ?

A:
Abdominal aortic aneurysm is a localized enlargement of the abdominal aorta such that the diameter is greater than 3 cm or more than 50% larger than normal diameter. It usually occurs to people over 65 years old. Since the aorta is the body’s main supplier of blood, abdominal aortic aneurysm can cause life-threatening results.

Although the exact causes of abdominal aortic aneurysm remain unknow, there are some hypotheses and well-proved possible risk factors:

  • Tobacco use.
  • Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis).
  • High blood pressure.
  • Blood vessel diseases in the aorta.
  • Infection in the aorta.
  • Trauma.
  • Heredity.
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