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Age-related macular degeneration and mortality from cardiovascular disease or stroke
  1. P Cackett1,2,
  2. N Cheung3,
  3. T Y Wong1,2,3,4
  1. 1
    Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore
  2. 2
    Singapore National Eye Center, Singapore
  3. 3
    Centre for Eye Research Australia, University of Melbourne, Australia
  4. 4
    Department of Ophthalmology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  1. Professor T Y Wong, Centre for Eye Research Australia, the University of Melbourne, 32 Gisborne Street, Melbourne 3002, Victoria, Australia; twong{at}unimelb.edu.au

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We read with interest the article from the Blue Mountains Eye Study reporting a prospective association of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) to cardiovascular disease mortality in an Australian population.1 This study provides further evidence that both AMD and thromboembolic vascular diseases may share similar risk factors and underlying pathogenetic mechanisms, and is in keeping with the findings from other studies.2

It is peculiar that the major significant findings in this study relate only to those patients aged <75 years. As the authors acknowledge, the reasons …

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