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Old 10-01-2007, 05:51 PM   #10
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Re: Hypertensive and atherosclerotic effects on blood vessels

Andy,

Good to hear from you again! I hope you are doing well.

Thank you for the additional information.
I wonder how I'd do without my BP meds. My BP would go through the roof.
Of course, by the time the opthalmologist finds the damage in the eyes, not much can be done about it. The only thing one can do is to keep the blood pressure down to keep this condition from getting worse. I was told it takes years for this type of damage to occur. It certainly took a long time in your case. Mine also took years to develop. I asked my BP specialist whether the blood vessels in the eyes reflect the condition of others in the body. He said the eyes are a window to the rest of the circulatory system.
I don't know anything about the SVD as opposed to what? CAD? I would expect the small and large vessels to look the same. They are all a part of a CV system. Are they affected differently? I'll have to look into it.

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I read an article the other day that these eye exams showing diseased arteries, in the future, will be reported to your family doctor, so that you may be referred to a cardiologist. Sounds logical to me
Too bad the doctors haven't been doing it all along. It is good to know they are contemplating it. Others may be helped in the future. Mandatory reporting would cut back on cardiovascular complications and, ultimately, save lives.

take care and thanks for your post!

flowergirl

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