1. An ex vivo or in vivo method of treating human cells to modulate their reactivity to exogenous physical forces comprising administering to human cells subjected to exogenous physical forces, a composition comprising an effective amount of one or more agents selected from the group consisting of:(i) a lipid or lipid related compound, hormone, carbachol, atropine, inositol, DMSO, lidocaine, procaine, sex steroids, phenytoin, perylene, 9-(dicyanovinyl) julodinine, 1,6-diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatiene (DPH), TMA-DPH, DPH-PA, cis and trans-parinaric acid, wherein the hormone is selected from the group consisting of cortisol, estradiol, progesterone, medroxyprogesterone, insulin, glucagon, thyroid hormone, and aldosterone;
(ii) sulindac sulfide, phenolic antioxidants, caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) FAK signaling and modulating agents, resveratrol, Rho kinase inhibitors, Y-27632, inhibitors or modulators of talin, paxilin, and viculin and submembrane mechnotransductive proteins;
(iii) cytochlasins, concanavalin, vincristine, vinblastine, oryzalin, trifluralin, taxol, and taxetere;
(iv) colchicine, colcemid, 9 bromonscapine (EM011), docetaxel, noscapinoids, and tau; or
(v) hypo or hypertonic solutions, saline, lactated ringers, dextrose, sucrose, and mannitol, aqueporin receptors modulating agents, Hg Cl2, G-protein modulating agents, tolvaptan, convivaptan, and vaptans
wherein the exogenous physical force provides a shear stress greater than 50 dynes/cm2, wherein the method further comprising using a ventricular assist device (VAD) to pump blood in a patient's body, wherein the exogenous physical force is a force provided by the VAD.