Elastic properties and Windkessel function of the human aorta

@article{Belz2004ElasticPA,
  title={Elastic properties and Windkessel function of the human aorta},
  author={Gustav Georg Belz},
  journal={Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy},
  year={2004},
  volume={9},
  pages={73-83}
}
  • G. Belz
  • Published 1 February 1995
  • Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
SummaryAn understanding of the role of the aortic elastic properties indicates their relevance at several sites of cardiovascular function. Acting as an elastic buffering chamber behind the heart (the Windkessel function), the aorta and some of the proximal large vessels store about 50% of the left ventricular stroke volume during systole. In diastole, the elastic forces of the aortic wall forward this 50% of the volume to the peripheral circulation, thus creating a nearly continuous peripheral… Expand
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