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What may cause an aneurysm


Aneurysm is the medical term for a bulging area of an artery that's stretched out like a balloon. It occurs when the artery wall becomes weak or damaged.

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute list these possible causes of an aneurysm:

Being older.

Having plaque buildup inside an artery (atherosclerosis).

Having high blood pressure.

Being a smoker.

Having an infection or illness that leads to inflammation of the blood vessels.

Having a family history of aneurysm.

Having a genetic condition that weakens blood vessels.

Sustaining an injury or trauma, such as being in a car accident.

Source: HealthDay News

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