On a sparse pressure-flow rate condensation of rigid circulation models

J Biomech. 2016 Jul 26;49(11):2174-2186. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2015.11.028. Epub 2015 Nov 28.


Cardiovascular simulation has shown potential value in clinical decision-making, providing a framework to assess changes in hemodynamics produced by physiological and surgical alterations. State-of-the-art predictions are provided by deterministic multiscale numerical approaches coupling 3D finite element Navier Stokes simulations to lumped parameter circulation models governed by ODEs. Development of next-generation stochastic multiscale models whose parameters can be learned from available clinical data under uncertainty constitutes a research challenge made more difficult by the high computational cost typically associated with the solution of these models. We present a methodology for constructing reduced representations that condense the behavior of 3D anatomical models using outlet pressure-flow polynomial surrogates, based on multiscale model solutions spanning several heart cycles. Relevance vector machine regression is compared with maximum likelihood estimation, showing that sparse pressure/flow rate approximations offer superior performance in producing working surrogate models to be included in lumped circulation networks. Sensitivities of outlets flow rates are also quantified through a Sobol׳ decomposition of their total variance encoded in the orthogonal polynomial expansion. Finally, we show that augmented lumped parameter models including the proposed surrogates accurately reproduce the response of multiscale models they were derived from. In particular, results are presented for models of the coronary circulation with closed loop boundary conditions and the abdominal aorta with open loop boundary conditions.

Keywords: Cardiovascular simulation; Multiscale modeling of cardiovascular systems; Reduced order models; Relevance vector machines; Sparse regression.

MeSH terms

  • Aorta, Abdominal / anatomy & histology
  • Aorta, Abdominal / physiology
  • Coronary Circulation* / physiology
  • Hemodynamics
  • Humans
  • Likelihood Functions
  • Models, Anatomic*
  • Stochastic Processes