The Rotterdam group mainly focuses on the influence of shear stress on plaque localization and progression in human coronary and carotid arteries. Since we are in an academic hospital, we always have been working in close collaboration with cardiologists and radiologists. Since clinicians do not have the time or the sources that academic engineering groups have, we limited ourselves to perform the simulations on a standard desktop computer (Intel Xeon six core processor, 2.40 GHz CPU and 12 GB RAM) using commercial finite element software (FIDAP 8.7.4 with GAMBIT 2.4.6) within a reasonable time-frame (the weekend). The simulations were carried out by our PhD student Merih Cibis.

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