Our understanding of the vital function of the vascular endothelium in circulatory physiology is rapidly expanding. Endothelium-derived vasoactive substances influence vascular tone, growth, inflammation, and haemostasis. Endothelial dysfunction is implicated in the pathophysiology of cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, ischaemia-reperfusion injury, hypertension, and congestive heart failure. New pharmacological therapies are evolving from our understanding of the role of the endothelium.
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- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine