HIV Infection Increase Chance of Heart Attack

HIV Infection Increase Chance of Heart Attack
Although medical technology is more advanced, the risk of death from HIV infection (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) should still be wary. In addition to its coexisting, infections such as tuberculosis and pneumonia, as well as a heart attack.

During this time, coexisting infections or opportunistic infections most common cause of death in people with HIV. However, a recent study has revealed other effects of HIV infection that must be watched, the increased risk of heart attack.

A study of 82 thousand veterans in the United States showed 871 cases of cardiac arrest in the observation period of 5.9 years. When compared with medical history, it appears that the higher risk of heart attack for people with HIV.

In the age group 40-49 years, the incidence of heart attacks in people with HIV as much as 2.0 / year in each of 1000 respondents. While the HIV-uninfected group, the incidence of heart attacks is only 1.5 / 1,000 respondents each year.

In other age groups, the incidence of heart attack remained consistently higher among respondents with HIV infection. For example, in the group of 50-59 years, with HIV for HIV figures 3.9 and 2.2 in the group without HIV. In the 60-69 years age group, the figure is 5.0 in HIV and 3.0 in the group without HIV.

Once analyzed, the researchers concluded that HIV infection could increase the risk of heart attack as much as 4.8 percent. These findings have been published in the journal Internal Medicine current issue of JAMA.
But Dr Matthew Freiberg said, this conclusion only applies to men considering respondents included all male, as quoted by the Daily Mail, Tuesday (03/05/2013). When applied to women, not necessarily the result is the same.