Risk Factors for Aortic Diseases

  • Family history
  • Heart disease
  • Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Infections
  • Trauma to the chest
  • Cocaine
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Long periods of sitting or standing still
  • Any condition that affects the heart and blood vessels, such as diabetes or high cholesterol
  • Connective tissue disorders including Marfan syndrome or Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
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