Eyes provide window to heart health

New research has highlighted the potential of optical coherence tomography scans in revealing signs of heart disease

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A new study published in EClinical Medicine has described how optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans could be used to detect signs of heart disease.

Scientists highlighted that the presence of retinal ischemic perivascular lesions could be used as a biomarker for cardiovascular disease.

The study involved assessing the retinal OCT scans of 84 patients with heart disease and 76 healthy individuals.

Researchers observed that larger numbers of retinal ischemic perivascular lesions were found in the eyes of patients with heart disease.

Lead author, Dr Mathieu Bakhoum, of UC San Diego Health, highlighted that cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death globally but many people are unaware they may have heart issues.

"The key in preventing this is early detection and treatment. It's our hope that by identifying retinal ischemic perivascular lesions as a marker for cardiovascular disease, providers will be able to identify heart issues before a catastrophic event, such as a heart attack or a stroke, occurs," Dr Bakhoum said.