What is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?
Causes of Abdominal Aortic AneurysmThere are many factors that may cause the wall of the abdominal aorta to weaken, but the exact cause of an abdominal aortic aneurysm is not yet known.
Symptoms of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Risk Factors of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
- Age: patients older than 60 are at an increased risk
- Gender: males have a four to five times greater risk of developing the disease
- Family history
- Hyperlipidemia: patients with elevated levels of fats in the blood
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Genetic disorders of connective tissue, such as Marfan syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Turner's syndrome, and polycystic kidney disease
- Congenital syndromes, such as bicuspid aortic valve, that affect the aorta
- Giant cell arteritis (a disease that causes inflammation of the arteries in the head and neck)
- Infections that may affect the aorta, such as syphilis, salmonella, or staphylococcus.
Diagnosing Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
- Overall health and medical history
- Extent of the disease
- Signs and symptoms
- Patient’s tolerance of medications, procedures, or therapies
- Expectations for the course of the disease
- Patient’s preference
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