Macular degeneration linked to heart attack, stroke death
An Australian research team from the Centre for Vision Research in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Sydney discovered the link during the course of their ten-year study of people aged 49 and over. They also found that AMD doubled the risk of heart attack and stroke in those under 75 when the study began.
Age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of blindness in the elderly. The report can be found in the Feb. 28 online issue of the British Journal of Ophthalmology.