Karolinska Institute, Sweden, proposes vaccinination against heart disease
A team of Swedish researchers has put forward the theory that a course of vaccinations in childhood could help protect people from heart disease later in life.
During a meeting of the European Vascular Genomics Network in December, the team from the Karolinska Institute explained that it had successfully vaccinated mice against atherosclerosis, and now hopes this could lead to preventions and therapies for human atherosclerosis. Atherosclerotic plaques – the formation of fatty deposits in the blood vessels – are at the root of many heart attacks.
‘This may open up a new possibility to prevent heart attacks and strokes by vaccination,’ said researcher Göran Hansson, from the Karolinska Institute.
News Source: Cordis Rapidus