Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Older adults with late-stage, Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) may have a significantly higher risk for hemorrhagic stroke than do individuals without the eye disease, a prospective, population-based study suggests. 

There may be a common underlying process contributing to both Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and bleeding strokes, but more research will be needed to determine if that’s the case, Dr. Renske G. Wieberdink of the Rotterdam Study at the International Stroke Conference. 

Researchers found that the risk for any stroke was 56% higher in participants with late-stage AMD than in individuals without AMD after they controlled for the effects of age, sex, diabetes, blood pressure, use of antihypertensives, smoking, cholesterol levels, carotid artery plaques, body mass index, alcohol intake, and C-reactive protein levels. 

Participants with late-stage AMD (either the wet or dry forms) had sixfold higher risk for intracerebral hemorrhage than did participants without AMD.

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