Endothelial function refers to the ability of the endothelialcells that line the blood vessels to perform their various functions properly. These functions include regulating blood flow, blood pressure, and clotting, as well as maintaining the integrity of the blood vessel wall and preventing the formation of blood clots. (1)
Endothelial dysfunction occurs when the endothelial cells do not function properly, which
can lead to a number of health problems such as high blood pressure, heart
disease, and stroke. (2)
One of the key functions of the endothelial cells is to regulate bloodflow. Adequate blood flow is essential for the repair and healing of wounds. When the endothelial cells are not functioning properly, the blood vessels may constrict, which can lead to poor blood flow to the wound site. This can slow down the healing process and increase the risk of infection. Therefore,
maintaining healthy endothelial function is crucial for proper wound healing.(3)
Recent studies have shown that using a vestims active mattresses can improveendothelial function. An active mattress is a type of mattress that uses air pressure to massage the body, which can increase blood flow and improve circulation.
In a study conducted by Baker G, et al, active mattress use for 8 weeks improved endothelial function by 197%. (4)
It is important to note that the use of a vestims® active mattress is not areplacement for other treatments or lifestyle changes that may be recommended for individuals with endothelial dysfunction, such as medication, exercise, and a healthy diet. It is always important to consult with a healthcare
professional to identify the underlying causes of endothelial dysfunction and
to develop an appropriate treatment plan.
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Baker G, Bloxham S, Laden J, Gush R. "Vascular endothelial function is improved after active mattress use." J Wound Care 2019 Oct 2;28(10):676-682. doi: 10.12968/jowc.2019.28.10.676. PMID: 31600104.