International Journal of Hypertension / 2012 / Article / Tab 1

Research Article

The Relationship between Multiple Health Behaviours and Brachial Artery Reactivity

Table 1

Summary table.

What is known about the topicWhat this study adds

(i) Poor endothelial function is an early predictor of future cardiovascular events.
(ii) Poor health behaviours, including smoking, sedentary behaviour, obesity, and excessive alcohol consumption, have individually been associated with endothelial dysfunction.
(iii) These studies have generally compared “extreme” behaviours (e.g., marathon runners versus sedentary individuals).
(i) There are independent effects of current smoking habits, obesity and alcohol consumption on brachial artery reactivity.
(ii) Whilst any improvement in a single health behaviour might have a positive influence on endothelial function, targeting multiple behaviours should yield greater benefits.

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