2. Risk factors

Individuals with heart disease or family history of stroke are more likely to develop the plaque that might eventually break free and travel to the retina. Non-medical causes include smoking, alcohol abuse, and cocaine use. Sometimes a person's risk increases as he or she ages and other cardiovascular problems develop.


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