Macular Degeneration Linked to Stroke in the Elderly

Studies have established that elderly people with age related macular degeneration are more likely to experience strokes. A new study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2011 is the first to determine the type of stroke that people with AMD are likely to suffer.

Researchers looked at two kinds of strokes: those caused by brain hemorrhage (aka a “bleeding stroke”) and those caused by brain infarction (a blood clot).

Macular degeneration is associated with brain hemorrhages rather than brain infarction.

Scientists involved with the study urge AMD patients not to worry that they will inevitably experience hemorrhaging in the brain.  They state that more research is necessary.  One doctor speculates that AMD does not cause bleeding stokes.  Instead, the two medical conditions may stem from a common cause.  Source:

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