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NON-PHARMACOLOGICAL CONCEPTS OF ENDOTHELIAL DYSFUNCTION IMPROVEMENT
Endothelium plays an important role in maintaining normal vascular tonus and blood fluidity reducing thrombocyte activity and adhesion of leukocytes as well as limiting response of vascular inflammation. However, in certain pathological conditions such as hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, and diabetes, endothelium improves vasoconstriction, inflammation and thrombocytic events.
Non-pharmacological concept is based on recognition of genetic factors, environmental factors, or combination of risk factors for the occurrence of endothelial dysfunction, general and individual education of the significance of adequate nutrition, physical activity and regulation of body weight, regular check-ups and the application of antioxidants which can regulate and protect several aspects of endothelial functions. Acta Medica Medianae 2007;46(2):63-67.
Key words: endothelium, endothelial dysfunction, non-pharmacological concept