Connection of Eye and Heart Diseases

The risk of heart diseases associated with diseases of the eye.

Macular degeneration of the eye, a disorder that occurs with aging and that often ends with blindness, is linked to elevated risk of heart attack and stroke, reports the BBC.


Australian researchers from the University of Sydney found that the risk of death caused by heart disease is at least two times higher in people who suffer from this medical disorder.


Search conducted research are published in professional journal British Journal of Ophtalmology.


Macular degeneration is a disease of progressive flow for which has not been found effective therapeutic solution to this day, and once damaged cells can no longer be renewed. It is one of the main causes of acquired blindness, and according to some researches, from which it suffers as much as 20% of persons older than 65 years, and that number has even reached 37% at age above 75 years. Women get sick twice more.


Five-year study conducted on 3600 people aged over 49 years which included a general internist examination and eye examination has shown that people who had already developed a form of macular degeneration had a five times higher risk of death as a result of a heart attack and ten times higher risk of death as a result of stroke.

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