Author(s): Asselbergs FW, van der Harst P, Jessurun GA, Tio RA, van Gilst WH
Abstract Share this page
Abstract Impaired endothelial function is recognised as one of the earliest events of atherogenesis. Endothelium-dependent vasomotion has been the principal method to assess endothelial function. In this article, we will discuss the clinical value of the different techniques to evaluate endothelium-dependent vasomotion. To date, there seems not to be a simple and reliably endothelial function test to identify asymptomatic subjects at increased risk for cardiovascular disease in clinical practice. Recent studies indicate that pharmacological interventions, in particular with ACE-inhibitors and statins, might improve endothelial function. However, there is no solid evidence that improvement of endothelial function is a necessity for the observed reduction in cardiovascular events by these compounds. Overall, at this moment, there is no place in clinical practice for the use of endothelial function as a method for risk assessment or target of pharmacological interventions.
This article was published in Vascul Pharmacol
and referenced in Journal of Arthritis