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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...

    From: Booklets

    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

    Information level Level 2
  • 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
  • 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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  • HIV Infection, Heart Failure Go Together

    HIV-positive individuals had an increased risk of several types of heart failure compared to individuals without the disease, a large epidemiologic study found.

    10 April 2017 | MedPage Today HIV/AIDS
  • Are serious heart problems inevitable for people with HIV? A conversation with cardiologist Priscilla Hsue

    Priscilla Hsue, MD, FACC, a cardiologist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital spoke about heart health and inflammation, and why cardiovascular conditions are becoming a growing concern for people growing older with HIV.

    16 March 2017 | BETA blog
  • High prevalence and incidence of hypertension among rural Africans living with HIV

    The research conducted by Swiss TPH is among the first longitudinal studies looking at the development of hypertension among people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. In a cohort of 955 HIV-infected people, 111 (11.6%) were hypertensive.

    09 March 2017 | EurekAlert (press release)
  • New antibody therapy “profoundly” successful at reducing inflammation from HIV

    In a very small study of people living with HIV, a one-time antibody treatment significantly reduced the type of inflammation that can lead to heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems.

    09 March 2017 | BETA blog
  • Darunavir Associated with Heart Disease

    But atazanavir use in HIV patients not linked to cardiovascular disease.

    20 February 2017 | MedPage Today HIV/AIDS
  • HIV patients have nearly twice the heart attack risk

    Current methods to predict the risk of heart attack and stroke vastly underestimate the risk in individuals with HIV, which is nearly double that of the general population, reports a new study. The higher risk exists even when virus is undetectable in blood because of antiretroviral drugs. Accurately predicting risk is vital for preventive treatment, say clinicians.

    22 December 2016 | Science Daily
  • Stopping a Silent Killer: Know the Facts About Heart Disease and HIV

    Heart disease rates among people living with HIV are elevated compared to the general population. If you add to that the fact that heart disease is often a silent killer with atypical symptoms, it is easy to understand why more research needs to be conducted on this subject.

    21 November 2016 | Positively Aware
  • Heart- and age-related issues

    New issue of TreatmentUpdate focused on cardiovascular health.

    12 October 2016 | CATIE
  • PEPFAR and AstraZeneca Launch Partnership Across HIV and Hypertension Services in Africa

    The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca today announced a $10 million (subject to the availability of funds), five-year global public-private partnership that will expand access to HIV/AIDS and hypertension services by offering them in an integrated manner at existing PEPFAR-supported HIV/AIDS sites, beginning in Kenya.

    12 September 2016 | PEPFAR
  • Not So Fast: Do people with HIV really experience accelerated aging?

    Recent talk about HIV and aging has almost always been scary. A number of studies conclude that people living with HIV have so-called “accelerated aging”—meaning they will suffer heart attacks, strokes, cancers, and osteoporosis more often and sooner than those without HIV. Well, this is one article on aging and HIV that will challenge the concept of people living with HIV having an early expiration date. Instead, we can look at what we know and what we don’t, to get a better idea of what the risks are for HIV-positive people growing older—and what they can do about them.

    08 July 2016 | Positively Aware
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