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Age-related eye disease doubles heart attack, stroke risk.

People with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are at twice the risk of dying from heart attack and stroke, suggests a study in the Feb. 28 online issue of the British Journal of Ophthalmology. Researchers examined 3,654 people, age 49 and older, of whom 1,952 were re-examined 10 years later. For people who were age 75 or younger when the study began, early AMD doubled the risk of dying from heart attack or stroke over the next 10 years, the study found. Those with late-stage AMD at the start of the study were five times more likely to die of a heart attack and 10 times more likely to die from stroke, the study authors noted, adding that the associations were not present among people who were over age 75 when the study began.

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Publication:Men's Health Advisor
Date:May 1, 2008
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