High cholesterol or high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, angina, heart failure and other forms of cardiovascular disease.

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  • Other health issues

    As you get older, it’s even more important to regularly attend clinic appointments and stay in touch with your healthcare providers. Your HIV clinic appointments will include...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Longer-term side-effects

    Effective HIV treatment has significantly reduced the risk of serious kidney disease in people with HIV. However, most anti-HIV drugs can cause some damage to the kidneys,...

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  • Other blood tests

    Every time you visit your clinic for a check-up you’ll have some blood tests. As well as being used to monitor your CD4 cell count and viral...

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    Information level Level 2
  • Stroke and HIV

    A stroke is a medical emergency that requires prompt treatment. High blood pressure and raised cholesterol are risk factors for stroke. A healthy diet, regular exercise, stopping smoking, and other...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Side effects

    The most common side effects are the result of your body getting used to a new drug. After a few weeks, these side effects usually...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • Health checks

    Staff at your HIV clinic use various tests to keep an eye on your health. Many of these tests are done on samples of your...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • The heart

    Unhealthy lifestyles and untreated HIV contribute to heart attacks, diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure.Symptoms can include tiredness, breathlessness, an irregular heartbeat and chest pains.If anti-HIV drugs...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Smoking

    Smoking is one of the most important causes of illness and death in HIV-positive people.Smoking increases the risk of lung cancer, heart disease, high blood...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV treatment, metabolic changes and ageing

    Smoking, lack of exercise, eating a lot of fatty foods and drinking a lot of alcohol can cause changes to blood fats and to the way your...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Conditions related to HIV treatment, metabolic changes and ageing

    Lipodystrophy is a condition which causes changes in body shape and involves fat loss or fat gain in certain parts of the body. Long-term use of some older anti-HIV...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Cholesterol

    Excess cholesterol raises the risk of heart disease and stroke.Diet, exercise and smoking all have an impact on cholesterol levels.Some anti-HIV drugs may raise cholesterol levels....

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • High blood pressure

    You should have your blood pressure monitored regularly as part of your HIV care.HIV drugs can interact with other medicines to affect blood pressure.Blood pressure...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Heart disease and antiretroviral therapy

    Cardiovascular disease (disorders of the heart and circulatory system which can lead to heart attack and stroke) is the leading cause of death in the...

    From: HIV treatments directory

    Information level Level 4

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  • Jackie Morton – Disclosure? No exposure!

    Sharing your HIV status ought to be a personal choice in every case and our decision not to disclose our status to our two sons survived for nine years until my admission to hospital on 5 November 2018 following a heart attack.

    22 November 2018 | EATG
  • What triggered my heart attack?

    Jackie Morton, ex-Chair of the European AIDS Treatment Group, found her severe pain was due to a heart attack. Here she writes a detailed, dispassionate and scientific blog on the possible causes - and remedies.

    19 November 2018 | EATG
  • New drug options, risk factors added to U.S. heart guidelines

    Updated U.S. guidelines on heart health advise more personalized assessment of risk as well as two newer types of cholesterol-lowering drugs for people at particularly high risk of heart attack or stroke.

    11 November 2018 | Reuters
  • Cardiovascular Risk Unclear for HIV Patients on Dolutegravir

    Patients with HIV who switched to a dolutegravir-based regimen from a ritonavir-boosted protease inhibitor regimen experienced body mass gain and changes in biomarkers related to increased insulin resistance, according to a subanalysis of the NEAT 022 study.

    01 November 2018 | Medscape (requires free registration)
  • HIV Does Not Increase Risk of Acute Coronary Syndrome Recurrence

    Although previous studies have shown that individuals infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are at increased risk for acute coronary syndrome (ACS), including myocardial infarction, a new large health care system study has found that they have no greater likelihood of a recurrent episode after hospitalization than uninfected individuals.

    10 September 2018 | MD Magazine
  • HIV/AIDS research yields dividends across medical fields

    Nearly four decades of study has propelled advances in heart disease, hepatitis, cancer and other diseases.

    28 August 2018 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Many people take drugs that interfere with their blood pressure pills

    People who take pills to lower their blood pressure often take other drugs that reduce the pills’ effectiveness, a recent study suggests.

    22 August 2018 | Reuters
  • Global Burden of HIV-Related CVD Has Tripled Over Two Decades

    People with HIV are more than twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those without the virus, according to the results of a new review and meta-analysis.

    17 July 2018 | TCTMD
  • Cumulative Ritonavir-Boosted Darunavir Use May Be Associated With Increased CVD Risk

    In patients infected with HIV, the cumulative use for ritonavir-boosted darunavir was associated with a progressively increasing risk for cardiovascular disease, according to research published in The Lancet HIV.

    11 June 2018 | Infectious Disease Advisor
  • What's the connection between HIV and high blood pressure?

    People with HIV are more likely than people without the virus to have high blood pressure, in part because of treatments and repercussions of the condition itself, a new review of research shows.

    23 May 2018 | American Heart Association News
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