Retinopathy in Diabetics Doubles Heart Failure Risk

Diabetic Retinopathy can increase the chances of heart problems among the diabetes patients, found researchers. The disease, which affects roughly half of diabetics in the U.S., is caused by damage to the blood vessels in the back of the eye. Researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia reported the study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

In the study, overall, 21.6 percent of patients with retinopathy developed heart failure compared with just 8.5 percent of those without retinopathy. After considering other factors that might have influenced the association, diabetic retinopathy was found as the reason for the increased risk of heart failure. Researchers said, the outcome of the test will be helpful to the doctors. They also stressed the necessity of routine screening for retinopathy of diabetes patients to avoid heart problems.

Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology,

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