Pulse Wave Velocity

Microsoft Word - PWV.docxCre8MDI’s approach to assessing arterial stiffness is based on the gold standard method of measuring aortic (carotid to femoral) pulse wave velocity (PWV). PWV is a well-established index of arterial stiffness and its first clinical use can be traced to Bramwell and the Nobel laureate, A.V. Hill in 1922.

A pulse wave travels from the heart down the arterial wall in advance of blood flow during each heartbeat. The velocity of a pulse wave which propagates in an artery is dependent on the stiffness of that portion of the artery. The more rigid the wall of the artery, the faster the wave moves.

The European Society of Hypertension officially recommended PWV to be part of all routine exams for high blood pressure patients since 2007.

PWV has predictive value on future cardiovascular events such as strokes or heart attaches. This means that people actively monitoring their PWV, will have a longer time horizon to take proactive measures which may stop or reverse these devastating disease. Early diagnosis is the key to better health.