Aneurysms | Causes and Risk Factors

Aneurysm: Causes

There are a number of reasons why a portion of an artery wall might weaken and lead to the formation of an aneurysm:
  • Congenital defect in the artery (present at the time of birth)
  • Buildup of plague in the arteries, known as atherosclerosis
  • Inherited medical conditions that can weaken the artery wall
  • Developed medical conditions like hypertension and diabetes
  • Elevated cholesterol levels
  • Trauma to the body in the area of the artery
  • Age, genetics and gender (men are at higher risk)
  • Smoking

Aneurysm: Signs and Symptoms


Because aneurysms can rupture without any warning, it is important to diagnose and treat them as early as possible. The vascular surgeons at California Vein & Vascular Centers have special diagnostic equipment to find and evaluate potential aneurysms. Our vascular specialists also offer different treatment options that can be customized to a patient’s specific needs, location of the aneurysm and medical history.

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