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Noninvasive assessment of endothelial function in clinical practice.

Authors
  • Arrebola-Moreno, Antonio L1
  • Laclaustra, Martin
  • Kaski, Juan Carlos
  • 1 Cardiovascular Sciences Research Centre, St George’s, University of London, London, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Revista espanola de cardiologia (English ed.)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2012
Volume
65
Issue
1
Pages
80–90
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.recesp.2011.09.012
PMID: 22099430
Source
Medline
Language
Spanish
License
Unknown

Abstract

In the fight against cardiovascular diseases, preventive strategies are becoming the focus of attention. One of these strategies proposes to identify individuals who are at a high risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Endothelial dysfunction could improve patient risk stratification and the implementation of preventive strategies. In this review we focus on noninvasive techniques that have recently become available to assess endothelial function: flow-mediated vasodilation as measured by ultrasound of the brachial artery, pulse wave analysis, and finger plethysmography during postischemic hyperemia. We describe the basic principles, the main protocols to perform these techniques, and their clinical value based on the scientific evidence. Copyright © 2011 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

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