Compressive stress-relaxation of human atherosclerotic plaque.

  title={Compressive stress-relaxation of human atherosclerotic plaque.},
  author={N. V. Salunke and L. D. Timmie Topoleski and Jay D. Humphrey and Wolfgang J. Mergner},
  journal={Journal of biomedical materials research},
  volume={55 2},
Knowledge of the mechanical properties of human atherosclerotic plaque is fundamental to understanding atherosclerosis and its treatment. Data are scant, however, particularly with respect to the time-dependent nature of plaque behavior. Previous experiments in our lab showed that human plaques do not exhibit the traditional preconditioning behavior common to most soft tissues. In particular, the behaviors of three classes of plaques differed fundamentally in response to multiple, successive… CONTINUE READING