Friday, September 5, 2014

Diabetic Retinopathy Predicts Cardiovascular Problems

If you have diabetes related eye problems such as diabetic retinopathy it is important to note that there appears to be a close connection between the occurrence and severity of diabetic retinopathy and future cardiovascular (CV) events including heart attack or stroke. This correlation was analyzed in participants in the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) trial who also participated in the ACCORD Eye Study. Participants’ diabetic retinopathy was rated if it was deteriorating and was ranked as either none, mild, moderate, or severe. Patients’ vulnerability to CV death or nonfatal myocardial infarction or stroke increased by 38% for every category of change in retinopathy severity and steps of progression further raised the hazard. The net result is that two factors determine predisposition to CV outcomes:  The acuteness of retinopathy and its advancement.

If you or someone you know is concerned about cardiovascular risk such as heart attack or stroke and diabetic retinopathy they are encouraged to  schedule an eye examination at Alabama Eye & Cataract Center at UAB in Birmingham by calling 205-930-0930, visiting Alabama Eye & Cataract Center or

Michelson Laser Vision and Alabama Eye & Cataract Center are leading eye care centers in Birmingham located at UAB-Highlands, 1201 11th Avenue S, Suite 501, Birmingham, Alabama 35205.