This database of arterial pulse waves is designed to be representative of a sample of healthy adults, aged 25-75 years old in ten year increments. It contains simulated pulse waves for 4,374 virtual subjects. The database contains a baseline simulation for each of the six age groups, which was created using cardiovascular properties (such as heart rate and arterial stiffness) which are typical of healthy subjects at each age group. It also contains 728 further virtual subjects in each age group, in which each of the cardiovascuar properties are varied within normal ranges. This allows for extensive in silico analyses of the performance of pulse wave analysis algorithms, and investigations into the mechanisms of haemodynamics.

Pulse waves: Example pulse waves from the preliminary pulse wave database. Source: this article


The database contains arterial flow velocity (U), luminal area (A), flow rate (Q), pressure (P) and photoplethysmogram (PPG) pulse waves at a range of measurement sites, including: (i) aorta; (ii) carotid artery; (iii) brachial artery; (iv) radial artery; (v) finger; and (vi) femoral artery.

Different types of pulse waves: The database contains pressure, flow velocity, luminal area, flow rate and photoplethysmogram (PPG) pulse waves.
Pulse waves at different anatomical sites The database contains pulse waves simulated at a range of anatomical sites, including 13 common measurement sites.


When using this dataset please cite this publication:

Charlton P.H., Mariscal Harana, J., Vennin, S., Li, Y., Chowienczyk, P. & Alastruey, J., “Modelling arterial pulse waves in healthy ageing: a database for in silico evaluation of haemodynamics and pulse wave indices,” AJP Hear. Circ. Physiol., [in press], 2019.

Downloading the Database

The database is publicly available at DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3275625 in Matlab ®, CSV and WaveForm DataBase (WFDB) formats.

User Manual

These Wiki pages act as a user manual for the pulse wave database. They decribe how the data is formatted, the meanings of the variables, and provide instructions on how to get started with the database by running example case studies.


This database is made available under the Public Domain Dedication and License v1.0 whose full text can be found at: http://www.opendatacommons.org/licenses/pddl/1.0/.

Further Information

Any queries about the database should be directed to peter.charlton@kcl.ac.uk.