Determination of the Tangential Elastic Modulus of Human Arteries In Vivo

  • Y. Summa


Most of the determinations of the elasticity of the arterial wall are performed on excised arteries in vitro. This is done for the following reasons:
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    The parameters relevant to the calculation of the elastic modulus, e.g., wall thickness, wall radius, or transmural pressure, can be measured much easier in vitro than in vivo.

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    In vitro, all parameters can be adjusted easily and varied at will so that it is possible to study the elastic behavior of arteries over wide ranges of pressure and diameter.

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    To date, it has been possible to separate the elastic and the viscous behavior of arteries experimentally only in vitro.



Common Carotid Artery Elastic Behavior Transmural Pressure Pulse Cycle Elastic Pressure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. Summa
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  1. 1.Institut für Physiologie und KardiologieUniversität Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany

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