Role and applications of circulatory models in cardiovascular pathophysiology

Gianfranco Ferrari, Maciej Kozarski, Claudio De Lazzari, Krystyna Górczyńska, Krzysztof J. Palko, Krzysztof Zieliński, Arianna Dimolfetta, Marek Darowski

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Circulatory models are relevant for research, education and testing of prosthetic devices/ components. Independently of its structure that can be numerical, physical or hybrid the models can be used in different areas of cardiovascular pathophysiology. However, the models are often used to reproduce specific circulatory conditions instead of being used as "systemic" tools. That is to say, the models are used to evaluate the global effects of external disturbances such as pathologies, therapies, special environments or surgery on the circulatory system. Aim of this paper is to illustrate a family of circulatory models developed to represent the whole circulatory system in pathophysiological conditions describing some of the possible applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-24
Number of pages22
JournalBiocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Arterial elastance
  • Heart assist device
  • Llumped parameter model
  • Mock circulatory system
  • Modelling of the cardiovascular system
  • Ventricular elastance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering


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