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Vascular Wall Shear Stress in Clinical Practice

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Wall shear stress is a fluid dynamic quantity that is gradually emerging as a potentially important factor of coronary atherosclerosis. Methods, therefore, of estimation of shear stress in the arterial system are of clinical relevance. The purpose of this review is to define wall shear stress, review the various methods that have been used for its assessment in human circulation, and examine the methodological limitations and applicability of each method in clinical practice.

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Keywords: Shear stress; arterial hemodynamics; atherosclerosis

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Cardiology,Athens Euroclinic, 9 Athanassiadou Str., 115 21 Athens, Greece.

Publication date: April 1, 2007

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  • Vascular disease is the commonest cause of death in Westernized countries and its incidence is on the increase in developing countries. It follows that considerable research is directed at establishing effective treatment for acute vascular events. Long-term treatment has also received considerable attention (e.g. for symptomatic relief). Furthermore, effective prevention, whether primary or secondary, is backed by the findings of several landmark trials.

    Vascular disease is a complex field with primary care physicians and nurse practitioners as well as several specialties involved. The latter include cardiology, vascular and cardio thoracic surgery, general medicine, radiology, clinical pharmacology and neurology (stroke units). Current Vascular Pharmacology will publish reviews to update all those concerned with the treatment of vascular disease. For example, reviews commenting on recently published trials or new drugs will be included. In addition to clinically relevant topics we will consider 'research-based' reviews dealing with future developments and potential drug targets. Therefore, another function of Current Vascular Pharmacology is to bridge the gap between clinical practice and ongoing research.

    Debates will also be encouraged in the correspondence section of this journal.
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