Acute infections, vaccination and prevention of cardiovascular disease

Madjid, Mohammad
October 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;10/7/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 8, p749
Academic Journal
The article provides information on the vaccination and prevention of cardiovascular associated diseases. Extensive research has demonstrated a critical role for cellular and humoral inflammation in the creation and development of atherosclerosis and its acute presentations. Atherosclerotic disease has a slow progress, however, there are several intrinsic and extrinsic components that can trigger atherosclerotic plaques to become inflammed and lead to thrombus formation and sudden cardiac death. Accordingly, infections of the upper respiratory tract including pneumonia and influenza can cause acute coronary syndromes. Moreover, vaccination can prevent the infections that lead to cardiovascular diseases in people at high risk.


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