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Endothelial Dysfunction

The endothelium is the thin layer of cells at the inner lining of blood vessels. Endothelial dysfunction is a pathological state where the balance of vasodilating and vasoconstricting is lost. Endothelial dysfunction is also a preclinical stage of atherosclerosis and precursor of future cardiovascular disease. Inflammation from increased levels of inflammatory adipokines are one factor in the development of endothelial dysfunction.