Researchers on the Road to Find Vaccines to Improve Heart Health

Vaccines to Improve Heart HealthVaccinations are very important from the point of view of avoiding many serious diseases. People usually take vaccinations to ward off flu and other infectious diseases such as measles and whooping cough. However, no vaccines have been developed to date for preventing cardiovascular conditions such as heart attack. Anyway, many cardiac specialists are conducting researches in this field to develop a vaccine that can address conditions such as high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure.

A recent study presented at the American Heart Association (AHA), claims (on the basis of two animal studies) that vaccines might someday be used to reduce high cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure, and thereby control heart attack.

One of the studies found that rats and mice that were treated with a vaccine that protected a cell’s capacity to remove bad LDL cholesterol from the bloodstream had lower cholesterol levels for a year following the treatment. In the second study conducted in Japan, another vaccine successfully lowered high blood pressure in lab rats for a period of six months. In both instances, the vaccines worked to interrupt body processes that are the main cause of high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Even though the findings of the research are promising, some more clarification or research is required to make it ready as a vaccine for humans. In the meantime, patients can follow some measures to control cholesterol, the AHA recommends.

  • Avoiding tobacco smoke
  • Eating a heart-healthy diet
  • Getting weekly aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity

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