Simulating the interactions among vasomotion waves of peripheral vascular districts

Giuseppe Baselli, A. Porta

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Simulations are performed in order to analyze the tendency of oscillating peripheral vascular districts (PVDs) to maintain equal phases thus inducing low frequency (LF) waves in systemic arterial pressure (AP). A PVD model regulating the local flow by means of a delayed non-linear feedback displayed spontaneous oscillations with a 12 sec period in the pressure range (40 -150 mmHg) of active flow compensation. Two identical PVDs loading the same Windkessel compartment could oscillate in phase inducing significant (10% of mean) AP waves; however, this behavior was unstable. On the contrary, phase opposition (without AP waves) was stable and corresponded to an energetic minimum (-9% compared to the unstable solution). The introduction of either baroreflex mechanisms or a central drive was able to steadily align the PVD phases. Vasomotion synchronization can be a powerful modulation mechanism of LF waves in systemic AP.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputers in Cardiology
EditorsA. Murray
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2002
EventComputers in Cardiology 2002 - Memphis, TN, United States
Duration: Sep 22 2002Sep 25 2002


OtherComputers in Cardiology 2002
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMemphis, TN

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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