The previous two posts relating to vaccinations have led me to a new site which has excited me. Readers will be aware of my personal health adventure with a cardiac event. Uncertainties about the relationships between cholesterol, cholesterol lowering drugs,(statins), and cardiac event risks have since been dogging me.
Although inflammation and its causes are sometimes cited as primary factors in artery blockages, never have I seen such a clear description of the real probable process involved.
“This is what makes the inflammation in the vessel wall persistent.” Inflammatory cells join fat and cholesterol to form artery-clogging plaque that can eventually block blood flow, leading to a heart attack.”
Usually cholesterol is cited as the major factor. Yet cholesterol, in general is essential to the body. Reduction to cardiology recommended levels may statistically reduce cardiac event risks but seems to ignore possible adverse effects on other health issues. In order to achieve these low cholesterol levels, statins are very widely prescribed, yet introduce some serious side-effect issues.
It would be too simple to suggest that without artery inflammation there would be no fat and cholesterol build-up and subsequent blockage, but, the ball park is altered. It is likely that moderate amounts of cholesterol, which are good/essential for the body, would not cause cardiac events if the inflammation was non-existent.
So, I remain unconvinced of the need for statins, providing other measures are in place. This conviction ?unconviction, is strengthened by the “Medical Xpress” post “A vaccine for heart disease? New discovery points up this possibility”.
Most people probably know that heart disease remains the nation’s No. 1 killer. But what many may be surprised to learn is that cholesterol has a major accomplice in causing dangerous arterial plaque buildup that can trigger a heart attack. The culprit? Inflammatory cells produced by the immune system
A number of research studies have demonstrated inflammation’s role in fueling plaque buildup, also known as atherosclerosis, which is the underlying cause of most heart attacks and strokes, but knowledge of which immune cells are key to this process has been limited – until now. Researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology have identified the specific type of immune cells (CD4 T cells) that orchestrate the inflammatory attack on the artery wall. Further, the researchers discovered that these immune cells behave as if they have previously seen the antigen that causes them to launch the attack. “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 Klaus Ley, M.D., 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.”
Read the source post and view its video, to learn about the possible vaccine scenario, here.