Stroke More Likely in People With Retinal
MONDAY, March 14 (HealthDay News) -- New research has linked an
eye disease called retinal vein occlusion to an increased risk for
The disease, referred to as RVO, occurs when the small veins
that carry blood away from the retina become blocked. Although more
common in adults, RVO can occur at any age. Having diabetes, high
blood pressure or vascular disease made development of RVO more
For the study, researchers compared the rates of heart attack
and stroke in 4,500 people with RVO and 13,500 without the
condition. Those with RVO had an almost twofold higher incidence of
stroke -- rates of 1.16 vs. 0.52 strokes per 100 person-years.
No statistically significant differences in heart attack rates
between the two groups were detected.
The findings, published in the March issue of
Archives of Ophthalmology, suggest that people with RVO and their doctors should be aware of the possible increased likelihood of a stroke, the researchers concluded.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about
retinal vein occlusion.
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