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Early results from a study on a vaccine to treat high blood pressure suggests that one day it might be more effective than drugs because more people would stick to a regime based on a shot in the arm every few months than taking pills every day for the rest of their lives, said the researchers. The hypertension vaccine has been the subject of a small US study presented this week at a meeting of the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2007, in Orlando, Florida, by lead author Dr Juerg Nussberger and colleagues. Nussberger is professor of medicine at the University Hospital of the Canton of Vaud, in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The researchers intend to trial the vaccine in another small study to find out if a different dosage pattern causes a greater antibody response and can further reduce blood pressure.
President of the American Heart Association, Dr Daniel Jones said he was encouraged by the study's promising findings and novel approach, even if it may be too early to evaluate its clinical usefulness.