Pressure is the force applied per unit area. In hemodynamics we always think of pressure in terms of a pressure difference. The pressure difference along the axis, or pressure gradient, is the pressure that causes the flow of blood. The pressure difference between the inside and outside of a vessel or the heart, which is often called transmural pressure, causes the wall distension.
KeywordsPressure Difference Wave Speed Circulation Time Total Peripheral Resistance Oscillatory Pressure
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