Ocular blood flow analysis detects microvascular abnormalities in impaired glucose tolerance.

Cathy E. Quinn, Paul K. Hamilton, Aaron J. McCann, Christina E. Agnew, Auleen M. Millar, Christopher J. Lockhart, Mark T. Harbinson, Gary McVeigh

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Objective: Waveform analysis has been used to assess vascular resistance and predict cardiovascular events. We aimed to identify microvascular abnormalities in patients with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) using ocular waveform analysis. The effects of pioglitazone were also assessed. Methods: Forty patients with IGT and twenty-four controls were studied. Doppler velocity recordings were obtained from the central retinal, ophthalmic and common carotid arteries, and sampled at 200 Hz. A discrete wavelet-based analysis method was employed to quantify waveforms. The resistive index (RI),was also determined. Patients with IGT were randomised to pioglitazone or placebo and measurements repeated after 12 weeks treatment. Results: In the ocular waveforms, significant differences in power spectra were observed in frequency band four (corresponding to frequencies between 6.25 and 12.50 Hz) between groups (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)532-540
Number of pages9
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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