Date of Award

Spring 1967

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Horgan, James D.

Second Advisor

Lange, R. L.

Third Advisor

Botticelli, James T.

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is twofold. The first object is to develop a miniature biotelemetry system to monitor cardiovascular parameters (blood flow, Pressure, etc.). This system should be capable of being implanted in a free roaming animal to monitor the normal fluctuations in cardiovascular function. This data will be used to test and improve models of the cardiovascular system. In conjunction with the telemetry system a suitable biotransducer for implantation should be employed. The second object is to develop a digital computer program that processes central aortic pulse pressure data received from the biotelemetry system. This pattern recognition program should calculate beat-to-beat stroke volume, stroke work, arterial bed resistance and cardiac output, and have the speed and capability of "on line" analysis of pulse pressure data. By utilizing a digital computer various techniques for calculating cardiovascular parameters can be easily compared and assessed.

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