Effects of cardiac motion on right coronary artery hemodynamics.
The purpose of this work was to investigate the effects of physiologically realistic cardiac-induced motion on hemodynamics in human right coronary arteries. The blood flow patterns were numerically simulated in a modeled right coronary artery (RCA) having a uniform circular cross section of 2.48 mm diam. Arterial motion was specified based on biplane cineangiograms, and incorporated physiologically realistic bending and torsion. Simulations were carried out with steady and pulsatile inflow conditions (mean ReD=233, alpha=1.82) in both fixed and moving RCA models, to evaluate the relative importance of RCA motion, flow pulsation, and the interaction between motion and flow pulsation. RCA motion with a steady inlet flow rate caused variations in wall shear stress (WSS) magnitude up to 150% of the inlet Poiseuille value. There was significant spatial variability in the magnitude of this motion-induced WSS variation. However, the time-averaged WSS distribution was similar to that predicted in a static model representing the time-averaged geometry. Furthermore, the effects of flow pulsatility dominated RCA motion-induced effects; specifically, there were only modest differences in the WSS history between simulations conducted in fixed and moving RCA models with pulsatile inflow. RCA motion has little effect on time-averaged WSS patterns. It has a larger effect on the temporal variation of WSS, but even this effect is overshadowed by the variations in WSS due to flow pulsation. The hemodynamic effects of RCA motion can, therefore, be ignored as a first approximation in modeling studies.
Zeng, D; Ding, Z; Friedman, MH; Ethier, CR
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