Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. today, and researchers have been searching to lessen this statistic. Now, scientists from La Jolla Institute suggest there could be room for a heart disease vaccine.
Past studies have pointed to atherosclerosis, which is another term for inflammation's role in plaque buildup, as the cause of most cardiac episodes. However, new research is suggesting that a specific type of immune cells, otherwise known as CD4 T, could be behind the cause of an inflammatory attack on the organ's wall.
"The thing that excites me most about this finding is that these immune cells appear to have 'memory' of the molecule brought forth by the antigen-presenting cells," said Dr. Klaus Ley, a renowned expert in vascular immunology, who led the study in mouse models. "Immune memory is the underlying basis of successful vaccines. This means that conceptually it becomes possible to consider the development of a vaccine for heart disease."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, early action is important for protecting the body against a heart attack. Those providing home health care may want to be on the lookout for chest pains in their patient.
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