You are probably familiar with AAA, the automobile organization.
In the medical field, the acronym AAA, or Triple-A, refers to a bulge or balloon in the aortic artery, the largest artery in the abdominal area.
If this aneurysm ruptures, it can cause blood to seep into the abdominal cavity. If the condition is untreated, it can lead to death in a matter of minutes.
AAA may be triggered by one or more of the following factors:
- Smoking. More than 90% of patients who develop AAA have smoked.
- Men 65 years and older are most susceptible.
- Alcohol consumption is associated with AAA, because of its effect on blood pressure.
- Hypertension, which increases pressure on artery walls.
- Atherosclerosis (hardening or thickening of the artery walls)
- Genetic predisposition