10 Common Causes of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (or AAA) originates anywhere along the aorta, the major artery that runs from you left ventricle (in the heart) all the through to your abdomen. The actual AAA develops into a blood-filled bulge that weakens the walls of the aorta as blood flows with normal pressure. Due to the cramped space and increased pressure, the aorta will eventually rupture, causing severe pain and massive internal bleeding.

Although the exact reason for AAAs is unknown, the following ten factors can influence their development…

1. Poor Diet

Medical research links the hardening of the arteries (a condition referred to as Atherosclerosis) with the development of an abdominal aortic aneurysm due to the accumulation of fat and other substances on the lining of a blood vessel. This fatty build-up is responsible for amplifying the risk of an aneurysm.

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Emily Lockhart

Emily Lockhart is a certified yoga instructor and personal trainer. She believes that being healthy is a lifestyle choice, not a punishment or temporary fix to attain a desired fitness or body image goal. Anna helps her clients take responsibility for their own health and wellness through her classes and articles on ActiveBeat.