The Endothelial Glycocalyx and Cardiovascular Disease: Revolutionary Concepts and Treatment

January 16, 2020

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This webinar will introduce new and exciting information about a structure of the body that is gaining a huge growth of attention in the scientific community: the endothelial glycocalyx. The glycocalyx protects and regulates the entire endothelium and is therefore the foundation of vascular health. It prevents cholesterol and other harmful particles from adhering to or penetrating the endothelial wall. This critical and delicate structure can be damaged by many common conditions, such as high blood glucose, oxidative stress, inflammation, aging, and several disease conditions. Recent scientific interest in the glycocalyx has exploded, with over 16,000 scholarly articles published in the last 10 years alone. At the same time, the focus in cardiovascular medicine is shifting from the contents of the blood to the health of the arterial wall. 

Dr. Houston will discuss the clinical significance of the endothelial glycocalyx for cardiovascular health. His presentation will briefly review the vascular system, the role of the endothelium in vascular health, and this recently discovered structure called the endothelial glycocalyx.  Dr. Houston will discuss the multiple roles of the glycocalyx in protecting and regulating the endothelium and arterial system. He will also present clinical treatments proven to protect and restore glycocalyx structure and function.


Dr. Mark Houston is the Director of the Hypertension Institute and Vascular Biology, Medical Director of the Division of Human Nutrition and Medical Director of Clinical Research at the Hypertension Institute in Nashville, TN. He is on the faculty and Director of the Advanced Cardiovascular Modules 16 A4M/MMI in the US and Director of the Cardiovascular Module 2 for A4M/MMI.  He is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Health Care Sciences at George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine and Health Science.  He served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine then as an Associate Professor of Medicine from 1978-1990 at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and was Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, (VUMS) (1990-2012). He also served as an Adjunct Professor in Metabolic Medicine at the University of South Florida, Tampa (USF) Medical School (2014-2918)

He has four board certifications by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the American Society of Hypertension (ASH) (FASH-Fellow), the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (ABAARM, FAARM) and American Board of Cardiology (ABC) Certification in Hypertensive Cardiovascular Disease (DABC). He holds two Masters of Science degrees in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, CT (MS) and another in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine (University of South Florida School of Medicine-Tampa (MSc). 

He was selected as one of the top physicians in the US in Cardiovascular Medicine in 2018 by the US Consumer Research Council. Dr Houston was also was named as one of the Top Physicians in Hypertension in the US in 2008-2014 by the Consumer Research Council.  He was honored by USA Today as one of the Most Influential Doctors in the US in both Hypertension and Hyperlipidemia twice in 2009- 2010.  He was selected as The Patient’s Choice Award in 2010 -2012 by Consumer Reports USA. He was selected one of the Top 100 physicians in the US by the American Health Council in 2017 and one of the Top 50 Functional and Integrative Medical Doctors in the USA in August 2017. He was also named one of America’s Best Physicians in Cardiology 2018 by the National Consumer Advisory Board. In 2019 he was elected to the Continental WHO’S WHO as a Top Doctor in the field of Medicine as the Medical Director and Founder of the Hypertension Institute.

Dr. Houston has presented over 10,000 lectures, nationally and internationally and published over 250 medical articles, scientific abstracts in peer reviewed medical journals, books and book chapters. He is an author, teacher, clinician and researcher.

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