Measuring ascending aortic stiffness in vivo in mice using ultrasound

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  • We present a protocol for measuring in vivo aortic stiffness in mice using high-resolution ultrasound imaging. Aortic diameter is measured by ultrasound and aortic blood pressure is measured invasively with a solid-state pressure catheter. Blood pressure is raised then lowered incrementally by intravenous infusion of vasoactive drugs phenylephrine and sodium nitroprusside. Aortic diameter is measured for each pressure step to characterize the pressure-diameter relationship of the ascending aorta. Stiffness indices derived from the pressure-diameter relationship can be calculated from the data collected. Calculation of arterial compliance is described in this protocol.
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  • Kuo MM; Barodka V; Abraham TP; Steppan J; Shoukas AA; Butlin M; Avolio A; Berkowitz DE; Santhanam L
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  • 94