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Study name: People with HIV have a higher risk of developing heart failure than people without HIV
By whom and where: School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, USA
what does it say
* People suffering from HIV infection have weakened immunity
* You are at higher risk of sudden cardiac arrest. It has also been found that HIV patients have very low CD4+ T cell counts and are more prone to blood clots in the lungs, which could lead to a sudden stroke.
* Symptoms such as fatigue, swollen legs, shortness of breath and chest pain should not be ignored.
Immunity is suppressed
dr Neha Mishra, Infectious Diseases Specialist, Manipal Hospital, Old Airport Road, Bengaluru
HIV has now become a chronic infection with persistent mild inflammation and vascular dysfunction. With the availability of good ART (antiretroviral therapy) and the widespread availability of quality drugs, mortality from heart infections has decreased. The main focus is now on metabolic abnormalities and related topics. We have evidence that mortality associated with stroke and myocardial infection is higher in HIV than in those who don’t have it.
to learn more
dr SS Sibia, Chief Cardiologist and Founder, Sibia Medical Center, Ludhiana
What we know from research is just the tip of the ice castle. There is much more to learn, and right now people with HIV and people without HIV are equally vulnerable to heart disease. There is no evidence that the virus suppresses the immune system and causes heart problems. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle (for everyone) is a must to keep your heart healthy. Coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat), etc. are risk factors that everyone should be aware of, not just people with HIV.