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Assessment of energy requirement for the retinal arterial network in normal and hypertensive subjects.
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PMID:  22482667     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The retinal arterial network structure can be altered by systemic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. In order to compare the energy requirement for maintaining retinal blood flow and vessel wall metabolism between normal and hypertensive subjects, 3D hypothetical models of a representative retinal arterial bifurcation were constructed based on topological features derived from retinal images. Computational analysis of blood flow was performed, which accounted for the non-Newtonian rheological properties of blood and peripheral vessel resistance. The results suggested that the rate of energy required to maintain the blood flow and wall metabolism is much lower for normal subjects than for hypertensives, with the latter requiring 49.2% more energy for an entire retinal arteriolar tree. Among the several morphological factors, length-to-diameter ratio was found to have the most significant influence on the overall energy requirement.
D Liu; N B Wood; N Witt; A D Hughes; S A Thom; X Y Xu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of biomechanical engineering     Volume:  134     ISSN:  1528-8951     ISO Abbreviation:  J Biomech Eng     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-04-09     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7909584     Medline TA:  J Biomech Eng     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  014501     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AB, UK.
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