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Time to focus on heart health

A new heart health resource for people living with HIV (PLHIV) is timely in light of recent research showing that PLHIV are more than four times as likely to die of a heart attack than people with similar risk factors who are HIV-negative.

The US study examined the records of 2,860 patients at a public health clinic in San Francisco between April 2000 and August 2009. Of the 230 deaths that occurred in this period, 13% were due to heart attack.

The researchers recommend further investigation to identify unerlying causes annd contributing factors. They also suggest that "aggressive primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) should be considered in HIV-infected patients".

The new Heart Foundation resource - Cardiovascular
wellness for people living with HIV
(PDF) - provides tips, strategies and information to support PLHIV to make sustainable lifestyle changes that will reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.

Topics include smoking, diet, exercise, recreational drugs and social and emotional wellbeing.

More info

Download Heart Foundation resource (PDF)

Study abstract: Sudden Cardiac Death in Patients With Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection

Heart Trouble Early and Often in H.I.V. Patients Report in New York Times

HIV-positive people at risk of heart attack News item in the Star Observer includes comment from Australian cardiologist.

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This page was published on 13 July, 2012