Causes & Risk Factors

What causes TAAA?

TAAA is most often caused by:

  • Hardening of arteries (atherosclerosis)
  • High blood pressure
  • Blood vessel diseases
  • Infection of the aorta
  • Trauma from injury

Risk factors for developing TAAA include:

  • Current or previous smokers
  • Genetics or family history of aortic disease
  • Age
  • Race or ethnic background
  • Men ages 65 to 75 should have a one-time screening for AAA