Unsuppressed HIV Viral Load Doubles Heart Disease Risk

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From aidsmeds.com

Having an unsuppressed HIV viral load appears to double the risk of structural heart disease, Medical News Today reports. Spanish researchers conducted a prospective cohort study of 65 people with HIV who had shortness of breath, giving them a transthoracic echocardiogram to determine if they had structural heart disease, including ventricular hypertrophy, systolic or diastolic dysfunction, or pulmonary hypertension.

Of the cohort, which was 63 percent male and had an average age of 48 years old, 47 percent had some form of structural heart disease—for the most part left ventricular hypertrophy, left ventricular dysfunction, pulmonary hypertensions and indications of right ventricle failure. Seventy-five percent of the participants with a detectable viral load had structural heart disease, compared with 43 percent of those with an undetectable viral load.

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