Blinding eye disease is strongly linked to serious cardiovascular diseases
According to a study by the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary at Mount Sinai, patients with a certain form of age-related macula degeneration (AMD), which is a leading cause for blindness in America, are highly likely to also have heart disease from heart failure and attacks, advanced heart valve diseases, or carotid arterial disease that can lead to strokes.
The research published in BMJ Open Ophthalmology on November 17 is the first one to link high-risk carotid and cardiovascular disease to eye disorders. The findings may lead to increased screenings in order to prevent cardiovascular events, diagnose heart disease that is undetected, and save sight.
The study was led by R. Theodore Smith MD, Ph.D. Professor of Ophthalmology, Icahn College of Medicine, Mount Sinai.