The popliteal artery, an unusual muscular artery with wall properties similar to the aorta: Implications for susceptibility to aneurysm formation?
2004 (English)In: Journal of Vascular Investigation, ISSN 0741-5214, Vol. 39, no 4, 836-842 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: The popliteal artery is, after the aorta, the most common site for aneurysm formation. Why the popliteal artery is more susceptible than other peripheral muscular arteries is unknown. An important factor may be differences in arterial wall composition as compared with other peripheral muscular arteries, which in turn affect wall properties. These are however unknown. We studied the mechanical wall properties of the popliteal artery in healthy subjects. Material and Methods: An ultrasound echo-tracking system was used to measure pulsatile changes in popliteal diameter in 108 healthy subjects (56 female, 52 male, age range, 9-82 years). In combination with blood pressure, stiffness (β), strain, cross-sectional artery wall compliance coefficient (CC), and distensibility coefficient (DC) were calculated. Intima-media thickness (IMT) was registered with a Philips P700 ultrasound scanner. Results: The popliteal diameter increased with age, and was larger in male subjects than in female subjects (P < .001). Fractional diameter change (strain) decreased with age (P < .001), and strain values were lower in male subjects than in female subjects (P < .01). Accordingly, stiffness increased with age (P < .001), with higher stiffness values in male subjects (P < .01). DC decreased with age (P < .001), with lower DC values in male subjects (P < .01). CC decreased with age, with no difference between genders (P < .001). IMT increased with age (P < .001), with higher IMT values in male subjects (P < .001). The increase in IMT did not affect distensibility. Conclusion: The wall properties of the popliteal artery are affected by age and gender, not only with an increase in diameter, but also with an age-related decrease in distensibility, with male subjects having lower distensibility than in female subjects. This seems not to be the behavior of a true muscular artery, but of a central elastic artery, such as the aorta, and might have implications for susceptibility to arterial dilatation, as well as the association of aneurysm formation between the aorta and the popliteal artery.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 39, no 4, 836-842 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-24039DOI: 10.1016/j.jvs.2003.12.005Local ID: 3595OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-24039DiVA: diva2:244355