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Risk factor modification including smoking cessation, management of hypertension, and lipid lowering are essential in reducing the risk of development and the rate of progression of abdominal aortic aneurysms.
Risk Factor Modification
- Smoking contributes to the development and rupture of aneurysms, therefore smoking cessation should be encouraged in patients with an abdominal aortic aneurysm and in individuals with a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm.
- Risk factors for atherosclerosis development and progression such as hypertension and hyperlipidemia should be controlled.
- ACE inhibitors may be administered to control hypertension in patients with an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
- Statins may be administered to control hyperlipidemia, which may reduce mortality in patients who have undergone an abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.
- Beta Blockers may have a beneficial effect on the expansion of aneurysms because of their ability to reduce blood pressure. They are used routinely in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm who are followed non-operatively.
Management of Patients With Peripheral Artery Disease (Compilation of 2005 and 2011 ACCF/AHA Guideline Recommendations) : A Report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines
|"1.Perioperative administration of beta-adrenergic blocking agents, in the absence of contraindications, is indicated to reduce the risk of adverse cardiac events and mortality in patients with coronary artery disease undergoing surgical repair of atherosclerotic aortic aneurysms.(Level of Evidence: A)"|
|"1.Beta-adrenergic blocking agents may be considered to reduce the rate of aneurysm expansion in patients with aortic aneurysms. (Level of Evidence: B)"|
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