The aging population and research into treatments for abdominal aortic aneurysms

Ryoko Umebayashi, Haruhito A. Uchidaa, Jun Wada

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Abstract

Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) usually expand asymptomatically until the occurrence of a life-threatening event such as aortic rupture, which is closely associated with high mortality. AAA and aortic dissection are ranked among the top 10 causes of death in Japan. The major risk factors for AAA are age over 65 years, male gender, family history, and smoking. Thus, for prevention, smoking cessation is the most important lifestyle-intervention. For treatment, since AAA generally affects elderly people, less invasive treatment is preferable. However, the only established treatment for AAA is open repair and endovascular repair. This review describes potential medical treatments to slow aneurysm growth or prevent AAA rupture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-477
Number of pages3
JournalActa medica Okayama
Volume73
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Anti-platelet drugs
  • Medical treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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