7. Polycystic Kidney Disease

Polycystic Kidney Disease

Polycystic Kidney Disease, or PKD for short, refers to an incurable illness that causes cysts to form in the kidneys. Too many of these cysts will hamper the function of the kidneys, and they may even grow in other parts of the body. Much like other growths, they can apply pressure to the surrounding tissues, negatively affecting nearby blood vessels and driving up blood pressure. This increased pressure can weaken the blood vessel walls, and create an aneurysm. If someone in your family has PKD, it’s possible that you have it as well. Regular checkups will give you more options.

Related: Maintaining Kidney Health

6. Marfan Syndrome

Marfan Syndrome

Marfan syndrome is a disorder that affects much of the body’s connective tissue. Marfan syndrome can cause defects in much of the body’s tissues, including blood vessels and organs. People with Marfan syndrome are tall and thin, with poor vision. Sometimes, the condition causes tissues to enlarge, including blood vessels. Therefore, if blood vessels, particularly those near the heart or the brain, are enlarged, an aneurysm can occur. While individuals (1 in 5000) are born with Marfan syndrome, the signs don’t always manifest right away. Sometimes, they appear, and grow worse over time, occasionally not even becoming apparent until adulthood.

5. Fibromuscular Dysplasia

Fibromuscular Dysplasia

Fibromuscular Dysplasia refers to a progressive twisting of the blood vessels in some parts of the body. This can cause a number of circulatory system issues. In the cause of aneurysms, the blood vessels can apply pressure to the brain, causing immense pain and potentially, a medical emergency. Unfortunately, this disorder can be problematic because oftentimes it has no symptoms. This can allow it to remain undiagnosed and unchecked until a serious complication occurs. However, sometimes people with Fibromuscular Dysplasia have symptoms that vary based on affected blood vessels. These include headaches, ringing in the ears, and high blood pressure.


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