Journal article

Risk prediction of coronary heart disease based on retinal vascular caliber (from the Atherosclerosis Risk In Communities [ARIC] study)

Kevin McGeechan, Gerald Liew, Petra Macaskill, Les Irwig, Ronald Klein, A Richey Sharrett, Barbara EK Klein, Jie J Wang, Lloyd E Charabless, Tien Y Wong

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY | EXCERPTA MEDICA INC-ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2008

Abstract

Recent studies showed that such retinal vascular signs as quantitative retinal vascular caliber were associated with increased risk of incident coronary heart disease (CHD), but whether these retinal vascular signs add to the prediction of CHD over and above traditional CHD risk factors was not addressed. Whether these signs add to the prediction of CHD over and above the Framingham risk score in people (n = 9,155) without diabetes selected from the ARIC Study was investigated. Incident CHD was ascertained using standardized methods, and retinal vascular caliber and other retinal signs were measured from retinal photographs. After a mean of 8.8 years of follow-up, there were 700 incident CHD..

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