The morphologic changes of the aortic wall due to reduced systemic pulse pressure in prolonged non pulsatile left heart bypass (LHB) were investigated. Sixteen adult goats were divided into three groups: the non pulsatile group in which non pulsatile LHB was conducted for 137 days on average, the pulsatile group in which pulsatile LHB was conducted for 79 days on average, and the control group used as the normal control. The average aortic pulse pressures were 12, 48, and 37 mmHg, respectively. At the end of the experiments, the descending aorta was excised and subjected to morphologic examination. The wall thickness of the aorta in the non plus.
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