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    What are the causes of an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

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  • Dr Mayo Theivendran

    Vascular Surgeon

    Mayo grew up in Melbourne to migrant parents from Sri Lanka and attended Ivanhoe Grammar School in Melbourne. He obtained his medical degree at Monash … View Profile

    Most aortic aneurysms are caused by a breakdown in the proteins that provide structural strength to the wall of the aorta. Some risk factors that contribute to this structural breakdown include: Age:Individuals over 60 years are most likely to develop the condition. Gender: Males are more prone to the condition than females. History of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Family history of AAA. Chronic lung disease. High blood pressure. Smoking.

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