Ankle-brachial index and the prevalence of age-related maculopathy.

Kleins Lab // Publications // Dec 01 2005

PubMed ID: 16376678

Author(s): Moss SE, Klein R, Klein BE. Ankle-brachial index and the prevalence of age-related maculopathy. Am J Ophthalmol. 2005 Dec;140(6):1159-61. PMID 16376678

Journal: American Journal Of Ophthalmology, Volume 140, Issue 6, Dec 2005

PURPOSE To examine the association of ankle-brachial blood pressure index (ABI) with prevalence of age-related maculopathy (ARM).

DESIGN A cross-sectional cohort study.

METHODS ABI was measured in 2447 subjects aged 53 to 97 years. ARM was determined from 30-degree color stereoscopic fundus photographs.

RESULTS Low ABI (< or =0.9) was present in 5.4% of subjects. Early ARM was present in 22.1% of subjects with and 18.8% without low ABI. Late ARM was present in 5.3% of subjects with and 1.7% without low ABI. This result was not statistically significant.

CONCLUSIONS Low ABI does not appear to be a risk factor for ARM.