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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor-In-Chief: Cafer Zorkun, M.D., Ph.D. [2]; Aarti Narayan, M.B.B.S [3]


Abdominal aortic aneurysm is the 13th leading cause of death in the US. Abdominal aortic aneurysms are more common in developed countries. Elderly, caucasian males who are smokers are at a higher risk for developing an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Epidemiology and Demographics


  • The incidence of abdominal aortic aneurysms increases after age 60 and peaks in the seventh and eighth decades of life.[1]


  • The prevalence among males over 60 years is 2000-6000/100,000.[2]


  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) is a disease of the elderly, and is the 10th leading cause of death in older men in the United States.[3]
  • An individual's risk of AAA increases by 6% per decade of life
  • Rupture of the AAA occurs in 1-3% of men aged 65 or more with an associated mortality rate of 70-95%.[4]
  • AAA tends to cluster in families, therefore affecting younger members of families in the absence of traditional acquired risk factors.


  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm is 5 times more common in men than women.[5]


  • The disease tends to affect older Caucasian males and is 3.5 times more common in Caucasian men than in African-American men.[6]

Developed Countries

  • In the US, the incidence of abdominal aortic aneurysm is 2-4% in the adult population.[7]

Developing Countries

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm is uncommon in individuals of African, African American, Asian and Hispanic heritage.[8]


  • The frequency of abdominal aortic aneurysm is much higher in smokers than in non-smokers (8:1).[9]


  1. Zommorodi, Sayid; Leander, Karin; Roy, Joy; Steuer, Johnny; Hultgren, Rebecka (2018). "Understanding abdominal aortic aneurysm epidemiology: socioeconomic position affects outcome". Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 72 (10): 904–910. doi:10.1136/jech-2018-210644. ISSN 0143-005X.
  2. Anderson, Oliver; Shiralkar, Sandy (2008). "Prevalence of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms in Over 65-Year-Old Men with Inguinal Hernias". The Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England. 90 (5): 386–388. doi:10.1308/003588408X285937. ISSN 0035-8843.
  3. Umebayashi, Ryoko; Uchida, Haruhito A.; Wada, Jun (2018). "Abdominal aortic aneurysm in aged population". Aging. 10 (12): 3650–3651. doi:10.18632/aging.101702. ISSN 1945-4589.
  4. Lindholt JS, Juul S, Fasting H, Henneberg EW (2005). "Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms: single centre randomised controlled trial". BMJ. 330 (7494): 750. doi:10.1136/bmj.38369.620162.82. PMC 555873. PMID 15757960. Review in: ACP J Club. 2005 Sep-Oct;143(2):39
  5. Hannawa KK, Eliason JL, Upchurch GR (2009). "Gender differences in abdominal aortic aneurysms". Vascular. 17 Suppl 1: S30–9. doi:10.2310/6670.2008.00092. PMC 2913052. PMID 19426607.
  6. Lackland, Daniel T. (2014). "Racial Differences in Hypertension: Implications for High Blood Pressure Management". The American Journal of the Medical Sciences. 348 (2): 135–138. doi:10.1097/MAJ.0000000000000308. ISSN 0002-9629.
  7. Folli, Franco; Li, Xi; Zhao, Ge; Zhang, Jian; Duan, Zhiquan; Xin, Shijie (2013). "Prevalence and Trends of the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Epidemic in General Population - A Meta-Analysis". PLoS ONE. 8 (12): e81260. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081260. ISSN 1932-6203.
  8. "StatPearls". 2019. PMID 29262134.
  9. Aune, Dagfinn; Schlesinger, Sabrina; Norat, Teresa; Riboli, Elio (2018). "Tobacco smoking and the risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies". Scientific Reports. 8 (1). doi:10.1038/s41598-018-32100-2. ISSN 2045-2322.

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