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Health Tip: Know Your Risk for Aneurysm

Including lifestyle and family history

(HealthDay News) -- An aneurysm occurs when part of an artery bulges, may rupture, and could cause dangerous internal bleeding.

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says risk factors include:

  • Being male, since men are more likely than women to have an aneurysm.
  • Being age 65 or older.
  • Smoking, which can lead to weakening of the artery walls.
  • Having a family history or personal history of aneurysm.
  • Having high blood pressure, heart disease or another disease that can weaken artery walls.
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