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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 6790292, 9 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/6790292
Research Article

Development of a Cardiovascular Simulator for Studying Pulse Diagnosis Mechanisms

1Department of East-West Medical Engineering, Sangji University, Wonju 26339, Republic of Korea
2Department of Oriental Biomedical Engineering, Sangji University, Wonju 26339, Republic of Korea
3Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon 305-811, Republic of Korea
4Department of Korean Medicine, Sangji University, Wonju, Republic of Korea

Correspondence should be addressed to Sang-Hoon Shin

Received 25 August 2017; Accepted 5 November 2017; Published 15 November 2017

Academic Editor: Gihyun Lee

Copyright © 2017 Min Jang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This research was undertaken to develop a cardiovascular simulator for use in the study of pulse diagnosis. The physical (i.e., pulse wave transmission and reflection) and physiological (i.e., systolic and diastolic pressure, pulse pressure, and mean pressure) characteristics of the radial pulse wave were reproduced by our simulator. The simulator consisted of an arterial component and a pulse-generating component. Computer simulation was used to simplify the arterial component while maintaining the elastic modulus and artery size. To improve the reflected wave characteristics, a palmar arch was incorporated within the simulator. The simulated radial pulse showed good agreement with clinical data.