You may be able to reduce your risk of an aortic aneurysm. You can do this by controlling your risk factors for atherosclerosis.
If you smoke, quit now
If you have high cholesterol:
Eat a diet low in fats and cholesterol
If necessary, take cholesterol-lowering medication
If you have high blood pressure:
Maintain a healthy weight or reduce caloric intake if you are over weight
Decrease salt intake
Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables
Take medication to control your blood pressure as needed
If you have diabetes:
Monitor your blood sugar frequently
Follow a healthy diet
Keep your blood pressure in the normal range
Aim for an LDL cholesterol less than 100 mg/dL, using medication if necessary
Also, exercise regularly and maintain an ideal weight.
Men aged 65 to 75 who have ever smoked should have a one-time screening ultrasound.