Windkessel effect (German: ‘air chamber’ but used as a slang for ‘elastic reservoir’) is an effect depicted by blood pooling in elastic reservoir of large elastic arteries of cardiovascular system.

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The Windkessel effect becomes diminished as the elastic arteries become less compliant by pathology, physiology or congenitally.

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Burhan Ahmed, MD, "What Is Windkessel Effect?," in Medicalopedia, September 6, 2012, [Permalink:].