Cardiovascular diseases can be detected by eye examination


According to the report of Medical News, scientists from the Shiley Eye Institute in the USA examined the records of people who had an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scan at UC San Diego Health Hospital in 2014-2019.

In the study, it was suggested that Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), which is widely used in eye examinations, may be possible in detecting cardiovascular disorders.

In the framework of the study, 84 heart patients and 76 healthy individuals were divided into two groups.

In the study published in The Lancet journal, scientists analyzed retinal lesions, the innermost photosensitive layer of the eye, to determine whether there was a heart and vascular (cardiovascular) disorder.

The leader of the study, Mathieu Bakhoum, pointed out that the blood deficiency in the body that causes heart disease can also cause insufficient blood flow in the eye, “It may leave a permanent scar due to the death of cells in the retina. said.

Bakhoum stated that studies have been carried out to determine whether this trace, called “Retinal Ischemic Perivascular Lesions” (RIPLs), serves as a marker for diagnosing cardiovascular diseases.

As a result of the research, it was reported that high levels of “RIPLs” were observed in people with heart disease.

Experts stated that the higher the level of “RIPLs” in the eye, the higher the risk of heart and vascular diseases.

Stating that the eyes are a window to health, Bakhoum noted that not only cardiovascular diseases but also many diseases can be diagnosed from the eyes.


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