Changes in the rheological properties of blood vessel tissue remodeling in the course of development of diabetes

S. Q. Liu*, Y. C. Fung

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Rheological properties of blood vessels are expected to change in disease process if the structure of the vessel wall changes. This is illustrated in diabetes, which can be induced in rat by a single injection of Streptozocin. One of the rheological properties of the blood vessel is the stress-strain relationship. The nonlinear stress-strain relationship of arteries is best expressed as derivations of a strain-energy function. In this paper, the stress-strain relations are measured and the coefficients in the strain energy function of arteries are determined for diabetic and control rats. The meaning of these coefficients are explained. The influence of diabetes on the elastic property of the arteries is expressed by the changes of these coefficients. A point of departure of the present paper from all other blood vessel papers published so far is that all strains used here are referred to the zero-stress state of the arteries, whereas all other papers refer strains to the no-load state. The existence of a large difference between the zero-stress state and no-load state of arteries is one of our recent findings. We have explained that the use of zero-stress state as a basis of strain measurements reveals that the in vivo circumferential stress distribution is quite uniform in the vessel wall at the homeostatic condition. It also makes the strain energy function much more accurate than those in which the residual stress is ignored. Using these new results, the stress and strain distributions in normal and diabetic arteries are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-457
Number of pages15
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - 1992


  • diabetes
  • pulmonary and systemic arteries
  • rheological properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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