Your eyes may hold clues to your risk of stroke - KMSP-TV

Your eyes may hold clues to your risk of stroke

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A new study, led by National University of Singapore, shows that your eyes may be a window to stroke risk.

More specifically, the research team suggested that retinal imaging may someday help determine if you are more likely to develop a stroke, the nation's fourth leading cause of disability.

"The retina provides information on the status of blood vessels in the brain,"said Mohammad Kamran Ikram, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Singapore Eye Research Institute, the Department of Ophthalmology and Memory Aging & Cognition Centre, at the National University of Singapore. "Retinal imaging is a non-invasive and cheap way of examining the blood vessels of the retina."

The results of this study were published in a recent issue of 'Hypertension.'

The single most important risk factor for stroke globally is high blood pressure. Yet, doctors still find it impossible to predict which high blood pressure patients are most likely to develop a stroke.

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