Macular degeneration linked to stroke, heart attack

February 28, 2008 2:48:41 PM PST
People with age-related macular degeneration may have double the usual risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke.

Researchers are cautioning that this finding is based on relatively small numbers and should not alarm patients.

Age-related macular degeneration is a chronic disease that is the leading cause of vision loss.

This new study in the British Journal of Ophthalmology does not explain how the eye disease may be related to heart attack and stroke. Still, researchers say, it is interesting and should encourage further research in hopes of determining the possible connection.