Burden of Disease

Approximately 9000 people die each year of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), and most of them are men older than age 65. AAAs occur in 4% to 8% of older men and 0.5% to 1.5% of older women (Fleming et al., 2005). Major risk factors include age 65 or older, smoking (>100 cigarettes in a lifetime), and male gender. Family history also increases risk in men and possibly in women (USPSTF, 2005). As many as one of every three untreated AAAs may rupture, and most of these individuals will die (Fleming et al., 2005).

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