PHOENIX-Low-frequency hearing loss could be an early indicator that a patient has cerebrovascular disease or is at risk for cardiovascular (CV) disease. These are the key findings in a two-part study investigating whether there is a relationship between audiometric patterns and vascular disease. Findings were presented at this year’s Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting by David R. Friedland, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Madison.
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There are various known risk factors for the development of cardiovascular disease, including diet and lifestyle, family history, and age, as well as conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and other vascular disease. Of interest to Dr. Friedland and colleagues are the hypertension and vascular aspects of the disease.
Current guidelines look for hypertensive subclinical organ damage to try to predict which individuals may progress on to more clinically significant CV disease, Dr. Friedland said. Several organs are noted in current guidelines (as being associated with risk) but the ear is not one of them. Affected organs that are listed include the heart, brain, arteries, kidneys, and eyes.