Jo et al reported a method for calculating the thoracic aortic pulse wave velocity in children (PWV) using echocardiography. This requires a measurement for the length of the thoracic aorta. The authors are from the University of Rochester in New York.


Patient selection: pediatric patients from 0 to 20 years



(1) height of the patient in centimeters


length of the thoracic aorta in cm =

= (0.1 * (height in cm)) + 1.7


length of the thoracic aorta in meters =

= (length in cm) / 100


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