Quitting smoking, a healthy diet and being physically active may help prevent the incidence of aortic aneurysms, states the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). While prevention of an aneurysm may not be possible, early diagnosis and treatment can help to prevent a rupture or dissection, notes the NHLBI.
An aortic aneurysm is a bulge in a section of the aorta, the body’s main artery, that can burst and lead to serious bleeding and can quickly result in death, states WebMD. High blood pressure, a hardening of the arteries, known as atherosclerosis, and age-related wear and tear can all result in a weakened aortic wall that bulges outward, adds WebMD. Up to 80 percent of aortic aneurysms are caused by atherosclerosis, which can develop as a result of cholesterol and fat build-up in the arteries, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, effects of aging and family history, notes the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH). While there is often a lack of symptoms at the onset of the condition, the aneurysm may eventually place pressure on nearby tissues resulting in a deep and steady pain in the back, abdomen or groin or in a pulsing sensation in the abdomen, adds the UWSMPH.