Are Stiffened Arteries Increasing Cardiovascular Risk In ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia ?


By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.

Systrom, Scheibenbogen and others have has found evidence of microcirculatory problems in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia, but what about the big blood vessels – the arteries?


These muscular, but flexible, tubes transport oxygenated blood under high pressure from the heart to the organs and muscles. They need to be strong enough to withstand the highest circulatory pressures in the body and supple enough to quickly respond to changes in blood pressure and wind their way through the body.

Given the crucial role they play, it’s perhaps no surprise to find out that they are complex indeed. Composed of three layers of smooth muscle, connective tissue and collagen, they pulse or enlarge when the heart beats, and relax when the heart rests.

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