Angiogenesis (angio'genesis) - the growth of new blood vessels - is an important natural process occurring in the body, both in health and in disease.
The Body's Control of Angiogenesis
The healthy body controls angiogenesis
through a series of "on" and "off" switches:
When angiogenic growth factors are produced in excess of angiogenesis inhibitors, the balance is tipped in favor of blood vessel growth. When inhibitors are present in excess of stimulators, angiogenesis is stopped. The normal, healthy body maintains a perfect balance of angiogenesis modulators.