Risk Factors & Symptoms

Risk Factors for AAA

While the exact causes of an abdominal aortic aneurysm are not fully understood, research suggests the following risk factors may increase your risk for developing the condition:

  • Family history of AAA
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Age (over 60)
  • Higher incidence in male population
  • History of vascular disease (hardening of the arteries)
  • Chronic lung disease

Symptoms of AAA

While most patients with aneurysms do not experience any symptoms, some patients may experience the following:

  • Pulsation in the abdomen
  • Unexplained, severe pain in the abdomen or lower back
  • Pain, discoloration, or sores on feet (this is an uncommon symptom)

Symptoms of a ruptured aneurysm may include severe pain in the abdomen or back, as well as shock-like symptoms. Complications from a ruptured AAA may include heart attack, stroke, arterial embolism, kidney failure, and death.