Retinal Circulation And Blood Vessel Function

Grant number: 567147 | Funding period: 2009 - 2012



Coronary heart disease (CHD) due to atherosclerosis (thickening of blood vessels) remains the leading cause of death in Australia, but visualisation of heart arteries usually requires invasive testing. Blood vessels in the eye (retina), can be viewed easily and may be indicative of blood vessel function in the heart and rest of the body. This study aims to explore the relationship between eye and heart blood vessels. Retinal imaging may thus enable earlier detection of patients at risk of CHD.