New research suggests that HIV infection increases the risks of heart attack and stroke as much as traditionally recognised risk factors such as diabetes and smoking, according to the results of a study in the journal AIDS.
Risk similar to smoking, diabetes
Carotid narrowing was much more pronounced in the HIV-infected patients than in the uninfected subjects, the authors found. Further analysis confirmed that the difference was almost entirely related to HIV infection and not to other cardiovascular risk factors, such as high cholesterol levels.
Diseases associated with HIV