Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV) is an indirect measure of arterial stiffness, and the speed pressure waves travel through the lumen of a blood vessel. In the clinic, a higher pulse wave velocity is correlated with increased vascular stiffening (Hodis, 2011). Increased vascular stiffening is related to multiple cardiovascular diseases. Various techniques are available to clinicians with varying degrees of invasiveness. In laboratory animals, invasiveness is less of a concern and accuracy is paramount.
DSI offers dual pressure solutions that provide highly accurate pulse wave velocity measurements in rats, dogs, NHPs, and other larger animals.
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