Mechanical properties of human coronary arteries

Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2010;2010:3792-5. doi: 10.1109/IEMBS.2010.5627560.


The lack of reliable mechanical data on coronary arteries and, more specifically, on their wall strength hampers the application of numerical models and simulations to vascular problems, and precludes physicians from knowing in advance the response of coronary arteries to the different interventions. Studies of the mechanical properties of coronary arteries have been carried out almost exclusively on animals. Only a few studies have tried to characterize the in vivo behavior of human coronaries through tests under physiological conditions. In this work, the mechanical properties of human coronary arteries have been characterized. Whole samples from human right (RC) and left anterior descending (LAD) coronary arteries aged between 23 and 83 years have been studied by means of in-vitro tensile testing up to failure.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arteries / physiology*
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Coronary Vessels / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Tensile Strength