Veterans Study Finds HIV To Be An Independent Risk Factor For MI

Although it has long been suspected that people with the HIV virus are at increased risk for cardiovascular (CV) disease, reliable data has not been available. Now a new study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine provides a much clearer picture of the relationship between CV disease and HIV.

In an accompanying editorial, Patrick Mallon writes that “the results demonstrate a clear and consistent excess risk of MI (approximately 50% increase) in HIV-positive people across a range of age groups, with the association between HIV status and MI remaining significant when controlled for a number of covariates…” Since the cause of this increased risk is not understood, he argues, “presuming that interventions used in the general population to reduce the risk of MI will translate into similar reductions in MI incidence in HIV-positive populations is arguably naive.”

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