Aortic Aneurysm - Risk Factors - Risk Factors

You may have an increased risk of developing an aortic aneurysm because of your age, family history, genes, lifestyle habits, medical conditions, or sex.

Age
- Aortic Aneurysm - Risk Factors

Your risk for aortic aneurysms goes up as you age. Abdominal aortic aneurysms are most common in adults after age 65.

Family history and genetics
- Aortic Aneurysm - Risk Factors

Several familial or genetics conditions increase your risk for a thoracic aortic aneurysm. These include:

Abdominal aortic aneurysms also run in families. One in 10 people with abdominal aortic aneurysms have a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysms. The chance of developing an abdominal aortic aneurysm is 1 in 5 for people who have a first degree relative with the condition, which means a parent, brother, sister, or child was affected.

Lifestyle habits
- Aortic Aneurysm - Risk Factors

Some lifestyle habits increase your risk of having an aortic aneurysm. These include:

  • Cigarette smoking, which increases your risk for an aortic aneurysm, especially an abdominal aortic aneurysm. If you are a current smoker, an abdominal aortic aneurysm may grow more quickly and be more likely to rupture.
  • Using stimulants such as cocaine
  • Weight lifting

Medical conditions
- Aortic Aneurysm - Risk Factors

Medical conditions that are risk factors for aortic aneurysms include:

Sex
- Aortic Aneurysm - Risk Factors

Men are more likely than women to develop aortic aneurysms. However, an existing aneurysm is more likely to rupture at a smaller size in women than in men.