Eye Care Physicians are ideally positioned to save lives and prevent the personal tragedies caused by cardiovascular disease through early detection.
the Eye Care Division of HeartSmart Technologies, our goal is to
partner with Ophthalmologists and Optometrists to save 1 million lives. It's estimated that over 81 million Americans have heart disease. Eye Care Physicians perform over 100 million eye exams per year and are ideally positioned to be the first to detect and assess vascular related risks for heart disease and stroke.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number one cause of deaths in the U.S. is cardiovascular disease.
advocate the use of Carotid Artery Ultrasound screenings to evaluate the carotid arteries allowing ECPs to identify a patient's risk of ocular and systemic cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke.
- More then 500,000 women die in the U.S. each year of cardiovascular disease, making it, not breast cancer, (40,000 deaths annually), their No.1 killer.
- The third most common cause of death in the U.S. is cerebrovascular disease, more commonly referred to as Stroke and Transient Ischemic Accident (TIA).
- In up to 40% of heart attack patients, traditional risk factors like elevated cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes are absent.
- Despite decades of public education and intervention, one half of Americans can expect to suffer and even die from one or another cardiovascular disease.
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The Role of Eye Exams in Detecting Cardiovascular Disease (AARP Health)
- One in four Americans who suffer a heart attack will die from their first incident which is frequently their first and only indication of ill health.
During American Heart Month, you'll probably hear a lot about protecting your heart and looking for signs of cardiovascular diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. A trip to the eye doctor can also play an important role in identifying these diseases before symptoms show up elsewhere in the body, allowing for earlier, more effective treatment. Many of these conditions can also cause vision loss when not managed effectively...[more]