Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Facts about an abdominal aortic aneurysm:

  • About 2% of people in the US have an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms are most common in men between the ages of 40 and 70 years.
  • About 9% of those over 65 years old have an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
  • Men are 4 times more likely to develop an abdominal aortic aneurysm than women.
  • Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms account for 15,000 deaths in the US each year.
  • Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms are the 10th leading cause of death in men over 55 years old.

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Last Updated: Sep 16, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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