Risk factorsBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Several factors can increase your risk of developing giant cell arteritis, including:
Oct. 02, 2015
- Age. Giant cell arteritis affects adults only, and rarely those under 50. Most people with this condition first experience warning signs between the ages of 70 and 80.
- Sex. Women are about two times more likely to develop the condition.
- Race and geographic region. Giant cell arteritis is most common among whites in northern European populations or of Scandinavian descent.
- Polymyalgia rheumatica. Having polymyalgia rheumatica puts you at increased risk of developing giant cell arteritis.
- Family history. Sometimes the condition runs in families.
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