Vascular Dynamics

Physiological Perspectives

  • N. Westerhof
  • D. R. Gross

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 166)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Keynote Address

    1. Perry L. Blackshear Jr.
      Pages 1-4
  3. Conduit and Resistive Vessel Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-8
    2. Frank C. P. Yin, Zhaorong Liu
      Pages 9-22
    3. Massimo Pagani, Ornella Rimoldi, Raffaello Furlan, Alberto Malliani
      Pages 23-35
    4. David R. Gross
      Pages 37-47
    5. Dali J. Patel, Bernell R. Coleman, Russell J. Tearney, LaVal N. Cothran, Charles L. Curry
      Pages 87-94
    6. Nico Westerhof, Rob Braakman, Pieter Sipkema
      Pages 95-107
  4. Endothelium and Isolated Vessels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-124
    2. C. James Kirkpatrick, Helma Rixen, Thomas Axer, Ursula Schmitz, Guenter Hollweg, Doris Klee et al.
      Pages 135-148
    3. Philip G. de Groot, Hetty C. de Boer, Pim N. M. Tijburg, Jaap Jan Zwaginga
      Pages 149-159
    4. Rudi Busse, Ulrich Pohl
      Pages 161-175
  5. Atherogenesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-196
    2. Morton H. Friedman
      Pages 197-201
    3. Perry L. Blackshear Jr., Gertrude L. Blackshear, Paul F. Emerson
      Pages 203-217
    4. M. John Lever
      Pages 219-227
    5. B. Lowell Langille, Avrum I. Gotlieb, Don W. Kim
      Pages 229-235
    6. Ross G. Gerrity, Lynn E. Averill
      Pages 237-248
  6. Vascular Prostheses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Mark C. Shu, Carlos E. Hita, Ned H. C. Hwang
      Pages 251-262
    3. Joseph Megerman, William M. Abbott
      Pages 263-276
    4. Javier Teijeira
      Pages 297-301
    5. Ch. R. H. Wildevuur
      Pages 303-305
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 307-320

About this book


The function of the vascular system is to transport oxygen and nutrients to the cells and to remove carbon dioxide and metabolites. It also transports hormones and locally produced neurohumoral substances which, in part, regulate its own function. These interrelationships are essential to homeostasis. The vascular system is not an assembly of simple (elastic) tubes but a dynamic system with many external and intrinsic regulatory mechanisms. The endothelium plays a major role in the intrinsic regulation of the system. The system is also often subject to disease processes of which atherosclerosis is the most important. As a result of atherosclerosis, and other disease processes, replacement of vessels with prosthetic devices may be required to reestablish adequate tissue blood flow. It is therefore imperative to gain insight into the details of vascular function, especially the dynamics, and the endothelium, the processes of atherosclerosis development, the vascular prosthetic possibilities and, last but not least, the interrelationships between these sub-specialties.


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Editors and affiliations

  • N. Westerhof
    • 1
  • D. R. Gross
    • 2
  1. 1.Free University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Texas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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