Most abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) are asymptomatic (meaning you won't have symptoms), not detectable on physical examination, and silent until discovered during radiologic testing (usually an abdominal cat scan) for other reasons. Tobacco use, hypertension
, a family history of AAA, and male sex are clinical risk factors for the development of an aneurysm.
You can prevent getting one by controlling these risk factors-
# Tobacco use. Tobacco use is a strong risk factor for the development of an aortic aneurysm. The longer you've smoked or chewed tobacco, the greater your risk.
# High blood pressure
. Increased blood pressure damages the blood vessels in the body, raising your chances of developing an aneurysm.
. Atherosclerosis, the buildup of fat and other substances that can damage the lining of a blood vessel, increases your risk of an aneurysm.
See your doctor and tell him about your family history. He may choose to do a cat scan just to catch one early, especially if you are at risk. This is preventable if you choose to do something about it.