Several factors can increase your risk of developing giant cell arteritis, including:

  • 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.
Oct. 02, 2015