Expert consensus document on arterial stiffness: methodological issues and clinical applications

Eur Heart J. 2006 Nov;27(21):2588-605. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehl254. Epub 2006 Sep 25.


In recent years, great emphasis has been placed on the role of arterial stiffness in the development of cardiovascular diseases. Indeed, the assessment of arterial stiffness is increasingly used in the clinical assessment of patients. Although several papers have previously addressed the methodological issues concerning the various indices of arterial stiffness currently available, and their clinical applications, clinicians and researchers still report difficulties in selecting the most appropriate methodology for their specific use. This paper summarizes the proceedings of several meetings of the European Network for Non-invasive Investigation of Large Arteries and is aimed at providing an updated and practical overview of the most relevant methodological aspects and clinical applications in this area.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arteries / physiology*
  • Arteriosclerosis / physiopathology*
  • Blood Pressure / physiology*
  • Consensus
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Pulse
  • Vascular Resistance / physiology