Your eyes may give a peek into future stroke risk

Updated:Aug 12,2013


 

Your eyes may give a peek into future stroke risk

Doctors may one day be able to peek into your future stroke risk by looking at a picture of your eyes.

In a new study, patients with damaged blood vessels and mild eye blood pressure on pictures of their retina were 35 percent more likely to suffer a stroke. Those with moderate to severe eye blood pressure were 137 percent more likely to have a stroke.

Scientists need to do more research to confirm the link between eye vessels and stroke risk. But it’s good to adopt habits that reduce your blood pressure and improve your blood vessels.

Learn more about controlling your blood pressure at Heart.org/HBP.

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Related Information:
• American Heart Association News Release
• Vision loss and High Blood Pressure

Researcher Information:
Dr. M. Kamran Ikram, Assistant Professor in the Memory and Aging Center

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