Total arterial compliance is a major determinant of peak oxygen uptake Academic Article uri icon


  • Total arterial compliance (TAC, defined as dV/dP), is a major component of the arterial system. A decreased TAC increases left ventricular load and has a detrimental effect on coronary perfusion. We sought to assess the influence of TAC on the functional reserve (VO2max). Fourteen patients (mean age 64 +/- 14y) with known or suspected coronary artery disease and eleven controls (34 +/- 5y) underwent supine bicycle exercise echocardiography. Audio Doppler signal output of the echocardiographic machine was digitized with a customized hardware and software interface simultaneously with carotid tonometry and ECG. TAC at rest was calculated by the pulse pressure method (PPM). By step-wise forward multivariate analysis, independent predictors of VO2max were patient versus control status, peak exercise cardiac output and TAC. The described PC-based acquisition system for tonometry and Doppler signals permits the assessment of ventricular function and arterial biomechanics.


  • de Backer, TLM
  • Carlier, SG
  • Segers, P
  • Armstrong, G
  • Haluska, B
  • Greenberg, N
  • Marwick, TH
  • Thomas, JD

publication date

  • January 1, 2001