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Wednesday, August 06, 2008
-- Smoking is a high risk factor. The longer you smoke, the greater your risk becomes.

-- High blood pressure damages the blood vessels in your body, which increases your chances.

-- Altheorosclerosis is the buildup of fat and other substances that damage the lining of a blood vessel, boosting the likelihood of the development of an aneursym.

-- Men are five to 10 times as likely as women to develop aortic aneurysm.

-- Aortic aneurysm is more common in Caucasians than in people of other races.

-- Those who have a family history of aortic aneurysm are at an increased risk of 13 percent to 32 percent compared to 2 percent to 5 percent risk for the general population. They also have more chance of developing them at a younger age and are at greater risk of a rupture.

-- The genetic condition Marfan syndrome affects the connective tissue throughout the body, including the tissues of the blood vessels. If you have Marfan syndromw, your chance of developing aortic aneursym and dissection is higher.

If your are at high risk of developing an aortic aneurysm, your doctor may recommend periodic screening with ultrasound examinations.

(Source: CONNECTIONS A Health and Lifestyle publication from ENH)
posted by infraternam meam @ 10:22 PM  
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