Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

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An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) occurs when a part of the aorta that passes through the belly weakens and has an abnormal widening or ballooning.

Physicians at the University of Maryland's Center for Aortic Disease are specially-equipped to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm FAQs

What causes abdominal aortic aneurysms?

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The exact development of abdominal aortic aneurysms is unclear and remains the focus of on-going research at the Center for Aortic Disease. It occurs due to the weakness in the wall of the artery and is predominantly seen in males older than 60.

The risk factors for the development of the AAA include:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Being male
  • Atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries
  • Genetic factors