There are no other alternative treatments to abdominal aortic aneurysm repair once an aneurysm grows too large, or rapidly, or shows signs of a rupture. In addition, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair does not cure the cause of the aneurysm. Arteries may widen again, or aneurysms may develop in other arteries. Treating the underlying cause generally involves making changes in personal lifestyle and habits. Medical regimens to manage cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease must be followed as prescribed by the doctor. Risks can be reduced by stopping smoking, eating a heart-healthy diet, regular sensible exercise and reducing stress. The doctor can make recommendations on nutrition, activity, smoking cessation and relaxation techniques.