Quick Read: HIV Linked to Higher Chance of Heart Attack
Since HIV has become a chronic condition, one that patients live with for decades, researchers have begun turning to the maladies that afflict people as they age. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S., and this study showed that HIV positive men have a higher risk of heart attack.
Researchers aren’t sure what explains the higher heart attack rate in HIV-positive people, but they speculate it’s a combination of the effects of HIV itself and the antiretroviral drugs used to treat it.
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferisView all posts by Lisa Aliferis →