Diameter and compliance in the human common carotid artery--variations with age and sex

F Hansen, Peter Mangell, Björn Sonesson, Toste Länne

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In this study, age and sex differences in diameter and compliance of the common carotid artery (CCA) were evaluated in 119 healthy subjects with a phase-locked echo-tracking system. The diameter and pulsatile diameter changes were measured, and pressure strain elastic modulus (Ep) and stiffness (beta) were calculated and used as the inverse estimate of compliance. The carotid diameter increased more rapidly in males and was larger than in females from 25 years of age. The relative diameter change was equal in both sexes, and decreased from 12% to 14% in younger subjects to approximately 5% in elderly subjects. Compliance decreased almost linearly and in parallel in males and females up to 45 years of age. Between 45 and 60 years the decrease was more marked in females than in males, whereas it was by far more marked in males between 60 and 70 years of age.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
JournalUltrasound in Medicine and Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1995

Bibliographical note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Surgery Research Unit (013242220), Emergency medicine/Medicine/Surgery (013240200)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging

Free keywords

  • Ultrasonic echo-tracking
  • Ultrasound
  • Sex differences
  • Carotid compliance


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