Biomechanical and Physiological Aspects of Arterial Vasomotion

  • N. Stergiopulos
  • J.-J. Meister


Muscular arteries possess the ability to alter their geometry and apparent mechanical properties by changing the degree of muscular tone. Arterial muscular tone alterations may result from external stimuli (i. e., neural or humoral factors, changes in pressure or flow, etc.) though spontaneous oscillations in muscular tone, in the absence of variations in external stimuli, are also observed. These are usually manifested by low-frequency oscillations in the arterial diameter which, by analogy to small resistance arteries and arterioles, can be termed arterial vasomotion.


Radial Artery Active Stress Muscular Artery Myogenic Response Muscular Tone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Stergiopulos
    • 1
  • J.-J. Meister
    • 1
  1. 1.Biomedical Engineering LaboratorySwiss Federal Institute of TechnologyLausanneSwitzerland

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