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A new model of arterial hemodynamics

, : A new model of arterial hemodynamics. Physiologie 20(3): 195-204

The determination of arterial blood flow parameters on the basis of ultrasound investigation requires a new hydrodynamic model of arterial circulation. Unlike previous research (Womersley, Bergel) considering the arterial pressure of its gradients to be known, the present model uses blood flow velocity and arterial radius magnitude easily obtained by ultrasound (Doppler effect). Processing these data requires the thorough analysis of rheological characteristics of blood flow and of arterial wall behaviour (elastic deformability). It has been assumed that: a) blood is a homogeneous and isotropic fluid; b) the artery has a cylindrical symmetry of a circular cross-section at any time moment; c) the pressure in the artery cross-section is constant. Because arterial dynamics has an undulatory character the Fourier analysis of the modified Navier-Stokes equations has been used. Finally, a simplified relation for blood pressure determination has been obtained.


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