The assessment of local arterial stiffness from ultrasound images

E. Bianchini, C. Giannarelli, F. Faita, K. Raimo, V. Gemignani, L. Ghiadoni, M. Demi

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Local arterial stiffness of the superficial arteries can be evaluated by measuring the diameter change during the heart cycle from ultrasound data in conjunction with the local pulse pressure. In this work, such a system is introduced, and the obtained results on the common carotid artery are compared with those obtained by measuring the carotid to femoral pulse wave velocity (PWV) which can be considered to be the "gold standard" technique for the evaluation of arterial stiffness. 14 healthy subjects and 14 hypertensive patients were involved in the study. Results show that a direct evaluation of local carotid stiffness, obtained by an appropriate video processing system, can discriminate between healthy and hypertensive patients as does the carotid-femoral P WV technique.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputers in Cardiology 2007, CAR 2007
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventComputers in Cardiology 2007, CAR 2007 - Durham, NC, United States
Duration: 30 Sep 20073 Oct 2007

Publication series

NameComputers in Cardiology
ISSN (Print)0276-6574


ConferenceComputers in Cardiology 2007, CAR 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDurham, NC


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