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People with stiffer arteries have a higher risk of heart disease than those with elastic arteries.
It has been suggested that the physiological mechanism behind the decrease in arterial elasticity with increasing age are more rapid in the large elastic arteries compared to the small muscular arteries (Hayashi et al.
The contrast dynamics within the coronary arteries reflect those in systemic elastic arteries elsewhere, with a rapid rise to peak, short duration plateau, and relatively rapid drop in concentration after the peak.