JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The same technology used to help Pfizer and Moderna develop the COVID-19 vaccine can prevent heart attack, according to doctors at the Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research.
Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines use bio-ribonucleic acid to trick people’s bodies into fighting viruses, researchers at the Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research say they have now learned to use the same technology to help fight the virus. It prevents the production of protein linked to heart attack.
The lipoprotein (a), also known as Lp (a), is referred to by doctors as the evil twin of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), commonly known as bad cholesterol.Lp (a) has a curl. Extra protein wires penetrate into artery walls causing blood clots and inflammation. It increases your chances of developing cardiovascular disease and heart attack or stroke.
Michal Koren is both a cardiologist and research director at the Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research. His research into bio-ribonucleic acid helped Pfizer and Moderna develop the COVID-19 vaccine.He said the same technology appears to be compatible with Lp (a).
“When it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine, we use RNA messaging to increase the signal so that the immune system is exposed to disruptive proteins. When we deal with cholesterol, we are using RNA technology to block messages, so our bodies don’t produce bad chemicals, ”said Koren.
Koren said people with high levels of Lp (a) may not be aware of having Lp (a) because they are not tested on a regular basis. People with heart attack or stroke in their 30s or 40s often experience elevated Lp (a) levels.Extremely high Lp (a) levels, combined with other cholesterol levels, are seen in younger patients. Much more, Koren said, typically this protein is hereditary.
“Family members in half of index cases may also have this problem, so it’s important to understand the family’s genetic relationship, especially if someone has had a heart attack or stroke. From a young age, ”Koren said.
Treatment for RNA under research involves injections, as well as the COVID-19 vaccine.If the treatment is approved by the Food and Drug Administration, people with elevated Lp (a) levels will not be required to receive plasma. Longer Pheresis, a process that filters blood like a dialysis machine that filters the kidneys
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