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Pulse Waves

How Vascular Hemodynamics Affects Blood Pressure


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About this book


This new, revised and updated edition takes into account the most recent advances in the understanding of human pathophysiology. The book presents the complex basic principles of vascular hemodynamics and its pathophysiology in a direct and effective way, stressing the importance of the mechanical properties of large arteries in the origin of blood pressure. The readily understandable text, supported by helpful images, describes the elements that define blood pressure and explains such important concepts as pulse wave velocity, central blood pressure, reflected waves, and pulse pressure amplification. Entirely new chapters are included on the sympathetic nervous system and arterial stiffness and on the role played by arterial stiffness in influencing blood pressure variability. The book will enable the physician to answer some of the key questions encountered when addressing the problem of arterial hypertension in everyday clinical practice: How is blood pressure generated? How should blood pressure values be interpreted? Is systolic blood pressure of greater importance than diastolic blood pressure?


Applanation tonometry Arterial hypertension Arterial stiffness Arterial tonometry Arteriosclerosis Atherosclerosis Augmentation Index Blood pressure variability Cardiovascular diseases Cardiovascular risk Coronary heart disease Chronic kidney disease Hemodynamics of hypertension Pulse wave analysis Pulse wave velocity Pulse wave velocity in animals Subendocardial variability ratio Vascular hemodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Istituto Auxologico ItalianoMilanoItaly

About the authors

Paolo Salvi, MD, PhD, is a specialist in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He was Associate Professor in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Biology of Aging at Henri Poincaré University of Nancy (France) from 2007 to 2010. At present he is a researcher at the Istituto Auxologico Italiano in Milan, and adjunct professor in Cardiology at University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan (Italy).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Pulse Waves
  • Book Subtitle How Vascular Hemodynamics Affects Blood Pressure
  • Authors Paolo Salvi
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-40499-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-82119-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-40501-8
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XV, 217
  • Number of Illustrations 97 b/w illustrations, 103 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cardiology
    Human Physiology
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