Current Atherosclerosis Reports

, 16:417

Endothelial Dysfunction: Its Clinical Value and Methods of Assessment

Authors

  • Teresa Strisciuglio
    • Department of Advanced Biomedical SciencesUniversity of Naples Federico II
  • Stefania De Luca
    • Department of Advanced Biomedical SciencesUniversity of Naples Federico II
  • Ernesto Capuano
    • Department of Advanced Biomedical SciencesUniversity of Naples Federico II
  • Rossella Luciano
    • Department of Advanced Biomedical SciencesUniversity of Naples Federico II
  • Tullio Niglio
    • Department of Advanced Biomedical SciencesUniversity of Naples Federico II
  • Bruno Trimarco
    • Department of Advanced Biomedical SciencesUniversity of Naples Federico II
    • Department of Advanced Biomedical SciencesUniversity of Naples Federico II
Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (P Perrone-Filardi and S. Agewall, Section Editors)

DOI: 10.1007/s11883-014-0417-1

Cite this article as:
Strisciuglio, T., De Luca, S., Capuano, E. et al. Curr Atheroscler Rep (2014) 16: 417. doi:10.1007/s11883-014-0417-1
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke

Abstract

Endothelial dysfunction (ED) is a systemic disorder characterized by reduced production of nitric oxide. This pathologic condition, which impairs vascular homeostasis, leads to the loss of protective properties of endothelial cells and is related to the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases. ED may affect every vascular bed, accounting for several clinical implications, particularly when the coronary bed is affected. Although the reliability of ED as a cardiovascular disease surrogate is still debated, many methods for its assessment have been proposed. In this review, we underline the clinical value of ED in the cardiovascular field and summarize the principal methods currently available for its assessment.

Keywords

Coronary artery diseaseEndothelial dysfunctionFlow mediated dilationPulse amplitude tonometry

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