Re: Hypertensive and atherosclerotic effects on blood vessels
there's an excellent article just out in ejournal of cardiology practice. It is about oxidative stress and atherosclerosis. It goes into detail about how some conditions, including hypertension, which predispose us to atherosclerosis, are also associated with an increased production of reactive oxygen species. Hypertension seems to stimulate inflammatory response. The author describes the mechanism of oxidative stress and how it affects the arteries. It is recommended that instead of attacking the free radicals with antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin E, ACE inhibitors be used for best results.