High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 425–426 | Cite as

The Contribution of Poliomyelitis to President Roosevelt’s Heart Failure. A Lesson on the Importance of Vaccinations for Cardiovascular Prevention

  • Elena VarottoEmail author
  • Andrea Cossarizza
  • Francesco M. Galassi
Letter to the Editor
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882–1945, Fig.  1), 32nd President of the United States of America, is remembered as one of the key leaders of the Allies in their struggle against the Axis Powers in WW2. A brilliant politician, he managed to restore America’s economic power and prosperity following the Great Depression through his New Deal (1933–1937). Despite his political and military success, his life had been crippled by physical disability since the summer of 1921 when, aged 39, he was diagnosed with a paralytic illness gripping his lower limbs up to the thigh, forcing him onto a wheelchair.


Roosevelt Poliomyelitis Heart failure History of medicine Vaccines 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Casa di Cura “S. Lucia”- Centro PolidiagnosticoSiracusaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences for Children and AdultsUniversity of Modena and Reggio EmiliaModenaItaly
  3. 3.Archaeology, College of Humanities, Arts and Social SciencesFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia
  4. 4.Scuola di Storia della Medicina, Ordine dei Medici Chirurghi e degli Odontoiatri della Provincia di RiminiRiminiItaly

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