Plumbing in the body: a heartbreaking choice

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About the research

An aortic aneurysm is a bulging of the large body artery. If such an aneurysm bursts, the patient can die. You'd think you'd better have surgery for this immediately, but such an operation is complex and risky. That is why engineer Klaas Vander Linden (KU Leuven)is trying to predict whether or not an aneurysm will burst

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Klaas Vander Linden
KU Leuven

Klaas Vander Linden has always been fascinated by the way the human body is functioning. As an engineer, he is building bridges with physicians and surgeons. His current PhD-research is focused on aneurysms, defined by Wikipedia as ‘an outward bulging, similar to a bubble or balloon, caused by a localized weak spot on a blood vessel wall’. Working at the Soft Tissue Biomechanics group at KU Leuven, and together with the cardiovascular department of UZ Leuven, he is motivated to find a way to predict when an aneurysm is going to rupture.

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