The vascular endothelium is an important barometer of health and wellness, yet is often not discussed because it is out of sight. Abnormal endothelial function often accompanies aging and is associated with arteries that are pro-thrombotic, pro-adhesive, pro-inflammatory, and more prone to vasoconstriction. Importantly such endothelial dysfunction is associated with detrimental medical conditions including diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. This paper summarizes things that are associated with improved endothelial function and suggests daily habits that will help patients desiring for improved endothelial function. Giving patients this new way of thinking about their health may provide another means to achieve health promotion.
John P Higgins
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