A recent eye exam can save lives by detecting early heart disease. There are many ways that are said able to detect a heart disease. Previously it was known that a simple blood test can detect heart disease. Well, a pilot study found that a scan of blood vessels in the eye is able to identify signs of heart disease.
More than 1,000 patients with heart disease were recruited in the study. Researchers took retinal images of all patients and examined some of the indications. Among other things, the width of blood vessels or does a blood vessel have an unusual branch which is often associated with heart disease.
The study concludes, that the method can identify whether the patient have risk of heart attack without having to perform invasive procedures such as biopsies or angiograms. Invasive procedure done with a catheter to identify the blood vessels and organ damage.
The study was led by University of Edinburgh Clinical Research Imaging Centre (Cric). During the study researchers used Optos equipment based high-resolution digital eye care.
Roy Davis, CEO of Optos says, “Care and innovation in health has great potential to help the early diagnosis of eye and various other conditions such as heart disease and diabetes,” he said, according to Female First.
While a traditional eye exam relies only observation of the eye, digital examination allows an expert to observe up to 82 percent of the retina.
Dr Tom MacGillivray, a researcher at the University of Edinburgh said, “The problem of diabetes-related eye conditions. Abnormalities in blood vessels in the eyes may indicate vascular disorders in the brain.”
He added that early identification of eye vessels may potentially help people who have heart disease. “It can help people to change their lifestyles and as a preventive therapy.”Tagged with: detect heart disease, eye test detect heart disease, eye test for heart disease, heart disease,