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What are abdominal aortic aneurysms and why are they more dangerous in women?
Posted on: September 10th, 2019

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An aneurysm is an abnormal widening of a portion of an artery, due to a weakness of the blood vessel wall. A thoracic aortic aneurysm occurs in the part of the largest artery in the body (the aorta) that passes through the thorax.

Causes

The most common cause is the hardening of the arteries in people with high cholesterol, prolonged hypertension or smokers.

  • Other risk factors for a thoracic aneurysm include:
  • Changes caused by age
  • Injury from falls or car accidents
  • Syphilis

Why is it more dangerous in women?

In women, aortic aneurysms expand much faster and tend to break, which becomes a case of life or death. This is because the vessels and the walls of the aorta are smaller and thinner.

An aortic aneurysm is more likely in a man than in a woman but despite this, women are more aggressive.

Risk factor's

  • Age
  • Smoking
  • Blood pressure
  • Among others

Estrogen in women is considered to play a protective role against aneurysm formation, while in men, male hormones can be somewhat destructive.

 

Should we undergo routine tests to detect an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

If you are over 65, High Cholesterol, Hypertension, family history or are a smoker, you should definitely talk to your cardiologist.

 

How are abdominal aortic aneurysms solved?

There are many ways, including catheterization. It all depends on the sex, age, and type of aortic aneurysm of each person.
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