Markers of Atherosclerotic Disease: What do they Mean? Current Opinion and Future Trends

Author(s): Aurelio Leone

Journal Name: Current Pharmaceutical Design

Volume 22 , Issue 1 , 2016

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The response to the harm caused by risk factors related to atherosclerosis may consist of clinical-signs of cardiac and/or blood vessel ischemic pathology sometimes accompanied by arrhythmias and heart failure-, metabolic- signs of altered oxygen transport and pro-thrombotic changes of coagulation-fibrinolysis cascade-, and sympathetic features due to nerve stimulation, which cause changes in heart rate and blood pressure. Moreover, some special categories like women have the responses, which are influenced by their endocrine constellation. There is a different predisposition towards the markers of atherosclerosis in premenopausal woman, who displays atherogenic effects, and in women after the menopause who respond similarly to that of men. Finally, oxidative stress, which is a strong pro-thrombotic factor, increases the development of an atherosclerotic lesion.

From these data, there is no doubt that a large number of factors, primarily smoking and endothelial dysfunction influence the cardiovascular system causing a major incidence of cardiovascular events. In addition, there would be evidence that some factors related to atherosclerosis should be considered as an etiologic (causal) factor of cardiovascular alterations because they can lead, in the long run, to an irreversible damage to the heart and blood vessels.

Keywords: Smoking, endothelium, atherosclerotic markers.

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Year: 2016
Page: [7 - 17]
Pages: 11
DOI: 10.2174/1381612822666151109111311

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