Endothelial Dysfunction (Arterial Health) – The Ultimate Risk of Risk Factors
For more than a decade endothelial dysfunction has been recognized by the medical community as the critical junction between risk factors and clinical disease. It is the earliest detectable stage of cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, it is treatable, and unlike the atherosclerotic plaque that it causes, it is even reversible.
The Endothelium is the inner lining of all blood vessels, considered a “super organ” that regulates key natural biological processes that ensures homeostasis, amongst them inflammation, oxidative stress and auto-immune disease. The endothelium is the thin layer of flat, smooth cells that line the inner walls of the 62,000 miles of blood vessels in the body. As major negative lifestyle factors begin to increase, oxidative stress damages the endothelial tissue throughout the body by stiffening the veins and arteries, leading to a host of medical concerns, including erectile dysfunction, kidney disease, peripheral vascular disease, heart attack, and stroke.
Numerous studies positioned Endothelial Dysfunction as the “ultimate risk of risk factors” and is the earliest clinical detectable stage of cardiovascular disease.