In essential hypertension, the mechanical properties of the radial artery have been shown to be largely unaltered, whereas more controversial and less reliable data have been obtained for the common carotid artery. We therefore examined the distensibility/pressure relationships of the predominantly elastic common carotid artery and of the predominantly muscle-type femoral artery in 12-week-old normotensive Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR).
- Arterial distensibility
- Blood vessels
- Common carotid artery
- Femoral artery
- Spontaneously hypertensive rats