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Choroidal blood flow response to isometric exercise in glaucoma patients and patients with ocular hypertension.
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PMID:  21828157     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To analyze submacular choroidal blood flow (ChBF) response to isometric exercise in untreated patients with glaucoma and ocular hypertension.
METHODS: ChBF was examined by means of confocal laser Doppler flowmetry during 5 minutes of baseline, during 90 seconds of isometric exercise with a Martin's vigorimeter and during 15 minutes of recovery. Values from one randomly chosen eye of 45 healthy subjects, the eye with more advanced damage in 45 primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) patients, and the eye with higher native intraocular pressure in 45 patients with ocular hypertension (OHT) were acquired, and parameters of ChBF as well as blood pressure response were analyzed.
RESULTS: Healthy eyes demonstrated higher ChBF at baseline than did the eyes in both the other groups (5126 ± 1487, 4186 ± 1011, and 4437 ± 1372 arbitrary units, ANOVA P = 0.003). Both mean and diastolic arterial blood pressures at baseline were lower in POAG patients than in those with OHT and healthy controls (P < 0.03); however, the response of mean blood pressure to isometric exercise was comparable across groups (P = 0.79). The ChBF response to exercise was stronger in the POAG group (ANOVA P = 0.02), it was twice as high as in the controls (+8.1% ± 8.0% vs. +3.7% ± 6.7%; P = 0.007) and borderline higher than in the OHT patients (+5.0% ± 8.0%; P = 0.051).
CONCLUSIONS: Baseline ChBF was lower in both the POAG and the OHT patients, compared with that in the controls. The stronger increase in ChBF in POAG patients in the face of an exercise-induced blood pressure increase indicates less active regulatory capacity in glaucoma patients.
Natalie Portmann; Konstantin Gugleta; Asan Kochkorov; Anna Polunina; Josef Flammer; Selim Orgul
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2011-09-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Investigative ophthalmology & visual science     Volume:  52     ISSN:  1552-5783     ISO Abbreviation:  Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci.     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-09-12     Completed Date:  2011-11-04     Revised Date:  2013-01-09    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7703701     Medline TA:  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  7068-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
Ophthalmology Department, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Flow Velocity
Blood Pressure / physiology
Choroid / blood supply*
Exercise / physiology*
Glaucoma, Open-Angle / physiopathology*
Intraocular Pressure / physiology
Laser-Doppler Flowmetry
Middle Aged
Nerve Fibers / pathology
Ocular Hypertension / physiopathology
Regional Blood Flow / physiology
Retinal Ganglion Cells / pathology
Tonometry, Ocular
Visual Fields / physiology

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