A database of virtual healthy subjects to assess the accuracy of foot-to-foot pulse wave velocities for estimation of aortic stiffness.
Bottom Line: Our numerical results confirm clinical observations: 1) carotid-femoral PWV is a good indicator of aortic stiffness and correlates well with aortic PWV; 2) brachial-ankle PWV overestimates aortic PWV and is related to the stiffness and geometry of both elastic and muscular arteries; and 3) muscular PWV (carotid-radial, femoral-ankle) does not capture the stiffening of the aorta and should therefore not be used as a surrogate for aortic stiffness.In addition, our analysis highlights that the foot-to-foot PWV algorithm is sensitive to the presence of reflected waves in late diastole, which introduce errors in the PWV estimates.In this study, we have created a database of virtual healthy subjects, which can be used to assess theoretically the efficiency of physiological indexes based on pulse wave analysis.
Affiliation: Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, St. Thomas' Hospital, King's College London, London, United Kingdom; and firstname.lastname@example.org.Show MeSH
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Mentions: Figure 6 compares the foot-to-foot (aPWVff) and the theoretical (aPWVth) pulse wave velocities along the aorta. Both aPWVth and aPWVff vary from 4.2 to 14.3 m/s. aPWVff correlates well with aPWVth (r = 0.946), although aPWVff tends to underestimate aPWVth on average (difference: 0.38 ± 0.87 m/s). This deviation increases with higher elastic artery stiffness, as shown by the Bland-Altman analysis (Fig. 6, right).
Affiliation: Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, St. Thomas' Hospital, King's College London, London, United Kingdom; and email@example.com.