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Experimental study and constitutive modelling of the passive mechanical properties of the porcine carotid artery and its relation to histological analysis: Implications in animal cardiovascular device trials.
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PMID:  21371929     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The present study focusses on the determination, comparison and constitutive modelling of the passive mechanical properties of the swine carotid artery over very long stretches in both proximal and distal regions. Special attention is paid to the histological and mechanical variations of these properties depending on the proximity to the heart. The results can have clinical relevance, especially in the research field of intravascular device design. Before the final clinical trials on humans, research in the vascular area is conducted on animal models, swine being the most common due to the similarities between the human and swine cardiovascular systems as well as the fact that the swine size is suitable for testing devices, in this case endovascular carotid systems. The design of devices usually involves numerical techniques, and an important feature is the appropriate modelling of the mechanical properties of the vessel. Fourteen carotid swine arteries were harvested just after sacrifice and cyclic uniaxial tension tests in longitudinal and circumferential directions were performed for distal and proximal samples. The stress-stretch curves obtained were fitted with a hyperelastic anisotropic model. Stress-free configuration states were also analyzed. Finally, human and swine samples were processed in a histological laboratory and images were used to quantify their microconstituents. The statistical analysis revealed significant differences between the mechanical behavior of proximal and distal locations in the circumferential but not in the longitudinal direction. Circumferential direction samples show clear differences both in residual stretches and tensile curves between the two locations, while the features of longitudinal specimens are independent of the axial position. The statistical analysis provides significant evidence of changes depending on the position of the sample, mainly in elastin and SMC quantification.
A García; E Peña; A Laborda; F Lostalé; M A De Gregorio; M Doblaré; M A Martínez
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-3-1
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical engineering & physics     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-4030     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
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Created Date:  2011-3-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9422753     Medline TA:  Med Eng Phys     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 IPEM. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Group of Structural Mechanics and Materials Modelling, Aragón Institute of Engineering Research, University of Zaragoza, Spain; CIBER de Bioingeniería, Biomateriales y Nanomedicina (CIBER-BBN), Aragón Institute of Health Sciences (IACS), Spain.
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