Swedish Researchers Develop Heart Disease Vaccine
Researchers in Sweden and the United States are working together to develop the world’s first vaccine against heart disease.
Jan Nilsson, a professor at the Experimental Cardiovascular research unit of Lund University said that they’d produced a simple form of vaccine that worked well on test animals, which they’re now trying to develop into a vaccine for use on humans.
The research centres on low density lipoproteins (LDLs) which cause most heart attacks and strokes. High levels of LDLs tend to lead to oxidation in the blood vessle which become infected.
By taking antibodies that the body creates naturally to combat LDLs, the researchers have developed a vaccine, that strengthens the protection that already exists in the body.