Assessment of vascular endothelial function with peripheral arterial tonometry: Information at your fingertips?

Eshan A. Patvardhan, Kevin S. Heffernan, Jenny M. Ruan, Morgan I. Soffler, Richard H. Karas, Jeffrey T. Kuvin

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Abstract

Endothelial dysfunction is an important component in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. The ability to assess the endothelium in a meaningful manner has been the subject of intense investigation over decades. Since the function of endothelial cells is a gauge of vascular health, assessment of vascular function is emerging as a useful tool for predicting cardiovascular risk and as a surrogate outcome measure for cardiovascular reduction intervention studies. This review highlights techniques for assessing endothelial function, focusing on a novel method of determining peripheral vascular reactivity via arterial tonometry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-28
Number of pages9
JournalCardiology in Review
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Atherogenesis
  • Endothelial dysfunction
  • Endothelium
  • Tonometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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