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Hypertension. 2010 May;55(5):1075-85. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.110.150821. Epub 2010 Mar 29.

Ultrasound assessment of flow-mediated dilation.

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Georgia Prevention Institute, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA 30912, USA. ryharris@mcg.edu

Abstract

Developed in 1992, the flow-mediated dilation test is now the most commonly used noninvasive assessment of vascular endothelial function in humans. Since its inception, scientists have refined their understanding of the physiology, analysis, and interpretation of this measurement. Recently, a significant growth of knowledge has added to our understanding and implementation of this clinically relevant research methodology. Therefore, this tutorial provides timely insight into recent advances and practical information related to the ultrasonic assessment of vascular endothelial function in humans.

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