A study presented at the American Heart Association meeting in Orlando, FL described 72 patients with mild to moderate high blood pressure who were injected with an experimental vaccine. The vaccine, known as CYT006-AngQb works by inhibiting angiotensin II , a molecule responsible for elevating blood pressure. Decreasing angiotensin II levels is not a new concept. Medications such as ACE inhibitors (ACEI) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) have been used for many years. The vaccine works by stimulating the body to produce antibodies against angiotensin II. In this study, blood pressure decreased significantly (systolic drop of 5.6 mm Hg and diastolic drop of 2.8mm Hg). Additionally, the typical rise in early morning blood pressure seemed to be diminished (systolic drop of 25mm Hg and diastolic drop of 13mm Hg). Of note, most strokes and heart attacks occur in these early morning hours. This also is the time of day when many blood pressure medications
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<p><strong>What Is Transient Ischemic Attack?</strong></p>
<p>A transient ischemic attack (TIA)—also referred to as a mini-stroke—occurs when blood flow to part of the brain is interrupted by a temporary blockage in an artery supplying the brain. The pathological mechanism of a TIA is identical to that of certain kinds of stroke, except that normal circulation is restored within 24 hours and no permanent brain damage occurs.</p>
<p>Most TIAs are short-lived, resolving within a few minutes to an hour. Symptoms appear suddenly and vary considerably depending on the part of the brain affected. Although TIA symptoms disappear completely without treatment, they often recur. Prompt medical attention is important: TIAs are a warning sign of an impending stroke. Approximately 15 percent of all ischemic strokes are preceded by a TIA, and up to 17 percent of TIAs are followed by a full-blown ischemic stroke in the next three months...
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