Aneurysm Risk Factors We Can and Can’t Control

Aneurysms are weak areas of blood vessels that can manifest in a number of different areas of the body. There are a number of warning signs you can keep an eye out for that depend on the potential aneurysm’s location. But what about risk factors? What are things we can do to lower our chances of experiencing an aneurysm, which can sometimes be fatal?

Cedars-Sinai separates aneurysm risk factors into those that can and cannot be controlled:

Risk factors that you can control include:

  • Smoking 
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes

Risk factors that are out of your control are:

  • Being male
  • Being of older age
  • Genetic factors
  • Family history of aneurysms

It seems that a general rule of thumb you can follow to best minimize your chances of experiencing an aneurysm is to lead a healthy lifestyle.