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HIV and Cardiovascular Risk: Early Statin Use May Help

People with HIV on antiretroviral therapy (ART) with controlled viral loads may benefit from using statins earlier than typically prescribed to control high cholesterol, according to two studies presented last week at CROI 2015.

Published
8 hours ago
From
BETA blog
Smoking is the main cause of increased risk of heart attack in people with HIV

People living with HIV who smoke have an almost three-fold greater risk of heart attack than HIV-negative smokers, according to Danish data published online ahead of print

Published
28 January 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Dramatic decline in risk for heart attacks among HIV-positive Kaiser Permanente members

Previously reported increased risk of heart attacks among HIV-positive individuals has been largely reversed in recent years for Kaiser Permanente's California patients, according to a study published in the current online issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases. The adjusted risk ratio for heart attacks among HIV-positive study participants went from an 80 percent increased risk in 1996 to no increased risk in 2010-2011. Reported first on Aidsmap at http://www.aidsmap.com/Heart-attack-risk-in-people-with-HIV-may-be-falling-but-not-in-women/page/2834402/ .

Published
19 January 2015
From
Eurekalert
Elite controllers may pay a high price for their low viral load

About one in 200 people with HIV maintains an undetectable viral load and high CD4 counts without having to take antiretroviral therapy (ART). These so-called ‘elite controllers’

Published
07 January 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Smoking doubles risk of death for patients taking HIV therapy

Smoking doubles the mortality risk for people with HIV taking antiretroviral therapy, a study published in AIDS shows. Smokers had an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease

Published
16 December 2014
By
Michael Carter
HIV-infected adults diagnosed with age-related diseases at similar ages as uninfected adults

HIV-infected adults are at a higher risk for developing heart attacks, kidney failure and cancer. But, contrary to what many had believed, the researchers say these illnesses are occurring at similar ages as adults who are not infected with HIV.

Published
10 December 2014
From
Science Daily
Cardiovascular Disease Risk Missed in Many HIV-Positive Veterans Despite Better Risk-Assessment Tool

A retrospective analysis using the 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) Guidelines and Pooled Cohort Equations (PCEs) for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk found that the PCE scores were a much better predictor of 10-year CVD risk than the Framingham risk score in a cohort of more than 15,000 HIV-positive veterans on antiretroviral therapy, according to a presentation at ICAAC 2014, made by Henning Drechsler, M.D., of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Published
22 October 2014
From
The Body
Ischemic stroke rate 40% higher with HIV, but not if CD4s top 500

HIV-positive adults had a 40% higher ischemic stroke rate than matched people without HIV. But stroke rates were similar in HIV-negative people and HIV-positives with a high CD4 count or low viral load.

Published
03 September 2014
From
International AIDS Society
Having HIV Means Heart Health Medications May Be Overlooked

People with HIV treated at a major university are less likely to receive medications to support heart health than those who do not have HIV.

Published
02 September 2014
From
AIDSMeds
With advances in HIV care, survivors face other disease risks

As effective treatments for HIV become more widely available in low-income and middle-income countries, there's an urgent need to assess and manage health risks in the growing number of people living with HIV. An update on non-communicable diseases among HIV-positive populations in low-income and middle-income countries appears as a supplement to in JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

Published
14 August 2014
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
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