Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Abdominal aortic aneurysm indicates an enlarged area in the aorta’s lower part. This is the biggest blood vessel responsible for supplying of the blood to the entire body. Aorta comes with thickness equal to a garden hose and it runs from the heart through the central region of the abdomen and chest.

Since aorta forms the major blood supplier in the entire human body, ruptured form of abdominal aortic aneurysm may result in life-threatening type of bleeding. Depending primarily on the growth rate and increase in size of any abdominal aortic aneurysm, treatment recommended by doctors may vary from simple observation to emergency surgery.

Aneurysms usually develop at any place including the aorta. However, whenever they take place in the aorta’s upper part within the chest, they lead to the problem of thoracic aortic aneurysms. However, aneurysms formed in the lower portion of aorta are of common type and they usually referred as abdominal aortic aneurysms.

What Brings On An Abdominal Aneurysm?

What Brings On An Abdominal Aneurysm?

Most of the times, abdominal aortic aneurysm takes place in the aorta that remains present within the abdomen. Despite the exact cause behind the problem is unknown, a large number of factors are responsible, which include-

High B.P or Blood Pressure: High blood pressure can bring on aneurysm as it plays a major role to increase the risk related to abdominal aortic aneurysm, as it may cause damage and make the walls of aorta weak.

Blood Vessel Diseases in Aorta: Abdominal aortic aneurysm may take place because of various diseases causing the inflammation of blood vessels.

Aorta Infections: Fungal or bacterial infections may sometimes cause the problem of abdominal aortic aneurysm in a few people.

Trauma: Trauma in the form of any car accident on road may cause the problem of abdominal aortic aneurysm in patients.

Heredity: In some of the cases, the problem of abdominal aortic aneurysm may be of hereditary type.

Atherosclerosis or Arteries Hardening Problems: Atherosclerosis, also referred as the hardening of arteries takes place whenever fat and other related substances form on the blood vessel linings. This condition is responsible for bringing the risk related to the problem of aneurysm.

Usage of Tobacco: Smoking cigarettes and other forms/types of tobacco usage brings the risk related to aortic aneurysm. Particularly, smoking may cause damage to the aorta and weaken walls of the aorta.

Lifestyles and Risk Factors: Besides the mentioned causes, a few of the risk factors and lifestyles of human beings may further increase the probability of aortic abdominal aneurysm or simply aneurysm in human beings.

Age of a Person: Abdominal aortic aneurysm takes place in individuals of 65 years age or more than that.

Usage of Tobacco: Besides the cause, tobacco usage acts as a strong risk factor associated with the development of the abdominal aortic aneurysm and a relatively higher risk related to its rupture. For long time you involve in the smoking activity or tobacco chewing and the number of cigarettes you smoke in a day, the higher will be your risk to the problem.

Gender and Color: Risk factors associated with the problem of abdominal aortic aneurysm depend even on gender and color of a person. This means, men often trap in the aortic aneurysm problem than women experience. On the other side, white people remain at high risk associated with the problem than other ones.

Family History: People with a family history associated with abdominal aortic aneurysm may remain at increased risk associated with the condition.

High Blood Pressure: Along with causing the problem, high blood pressure because of consistent intake of junk foods and oily foods may increase the risk associated with the development of abdominal aortic aneurysm problem.

Atherosclerosis: Formation of different substances results in the lining of blood vessel damages and thereby, increase the risk related to aneurysm.

Other Types/Forms of Aneurysms: People dealing with other types/forms of aneurysms, like for instance aneurysm in any other large blood vessel, such as the artery behind individual’s knees or thoracic aorta in chest may remain at higher risk related to the development of abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Pramod Kerkar

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, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: August 23, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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