The endothelium and the renin-angiotensin system.


An enhanced risk for myocardial infarction has been observed in humans with sustained activation of the local and/or systemic renin-angiotensin system, such as a high renin-sodium profile or a heritably enhanced expression of angiotensin converting enzyme. Chronic renin-angiotensin system blockade by angiotensin converting enzyme inhibition reduces the rate… (More)


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