Can mild-to-moderate hyperhomocysteinaemia impair endothelial function in the absence of other risk factors for cardiovascular disease?

M.L.H. Honing, C.D.A. Stehouwer

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Abstract

Can mild-to-moderate hyperhomocysteinaemia impair endothelial function in the absence of other risk factors for cardiovascular disease?

Honing ML, Stehouwer CD.

Department of Internal Medicine, VU University Medical Centre, PO Box 7057, 1007 MB Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The majority of clinical studies demonstrate that patients with hyperhomocysteinaemia have an increased risk of atherothrombotic events. However, there is a striking and poorly understood heterogeneity in the severity of clinical features in individuals with hyperhomocysteinaemia. This observation suggests that other factors must exist that modulate the relationship between hyperhomocysteinaemia and clinical disease. Therefore identifying factors that inhibit or enhance the vasculotoxic effects of homocysteine is important, as is elucidation of how homocysteine damages blood vessels. This comment discusses the study of Woodman and colleagues in this issue of Clinical Science in which they investigate the effects of hyperhomocysteinaemia on endothelial function
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-346
JournalClinical Science
Volume106
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004

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