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Retina

Study examines relationship between narrow central retinal arteriolar and blood pressure in children

Posted on July 1, 2020

Using standardized protocols, retinal vessel diameters and blood pressure were measured in children aged 6 to 8 years and again 4 years later.

Children with narrower central retinal arteriolar at baseline developed higher systolic blood pressure at follow-up and children with increased systolic or diastolic blood pressure at baseline developed narrower central retinal arteriolar at follow-up.

The authors concluded that the results “give good evidence for a bivariate temporal relationship between [blood pressure] and microvascular health in children.”

 Reference

Lona G, Endes K, Köchli S, et al. Retinal vessel diameters and blood pressure progression in children. Hypertension. 2020; https://doi.org/10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.120.14695.

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