Marissa Diggs

November 2, 2020

Correlates and Timing of Reproductive Aging Transitions in a Global Cohort of Midlife Women with HIV: Insights from the REPRIEVE trial

By: Markella Zanni, Sara Looby and colleagues Previous studies have shown that more advanced reproductive aging (transition through and past menopause) relates to the risk of […]
September 4, 2019

What YOU need to know about the salt in your diet!

By: Corinne Rivard Have you ever been told by your healthcare provider that you need to reduce the salt in your diet? Have you been wanting […]
May 30, 2019

Tips to Get 30 Minutes of Exercise Every Day

By: Diana Cagliero Exercise is one the best things you can do for your health! While we hear about how exercise can lead to great health […]
January 1, 2019

Vaping and E-Cigarettes: How do they affect my heart health?

Diana Cagliero, MA What is vaping? “Vaping” is breathing in the vapor produced by an e-cigarette, or other vaporizing devices such as vape pens.1 E-cigarettes were first […]
November 18, 2018

Nutrition Information Labels & Heart-Healthy Diets: Things You Should Know

By: Diana Cagliero, MA Nutrition information labels can be puzzling. The informational boxes on theback of food products are often filled with hard-to-pronounce and unfamiliar words. […]
September 1, 2018

A Midlife [Symptom] Crisis

By Sara E. Looby During midlife, many women begin to experience symptoms related to menopause such as mood swings, sleep problems, and hot flashes. These symptoms […]
June 1, 2018

The Patient’s Voice

By Corinne Rivard “We are living longer and our hearts are beating from the time we’re born until the time we die. So, we need to […]
February 1, 2018

Women Supporting Women in the Community

By Corinne Rivard “Women are silenced by HIV stigma, shame, and guilt and those women need other women to share their experiences and learn from each […]
December 18, 2017

Smoking: Why and How to Quit!

By Corinne Rivard Smoking has negative consequences on health and wellness, and studies have shown that people with HIV are more likely to smoke, and less […]
October 1, 2017

Q & A: Added Sweeteners, Added Health Problems??

By Corinne Rivard Adding sugar to our food and beverages makes them sweeter. Based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the major sources of added […]
August 1, 2017

Hot Flashes and HIV: What Research Shows

By Corinne Rivard Since the advent of antiretroviral therapy, individuals with HIV are living longer and experiencing health-related changes associated with aging. For women, menopause is […]
May 29, 2017

Stress Less with Just a Few Breaths

Stress Facts Did you know that in the US …. ♥ Over 80 billion dollars of 2012 health care spending were attributable to stress-related disorders, such […]
March 1, 2017

Make a Healthy Heart a Part of Your New Start

Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to improve your heart health? Now is a great time to improve your heart health because February is American […]
December 29, 2016

Walk Your Way to a Healthier Heart

Did you know that walking can lower your risk of heart-related conditions as much as running? A study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood […]
August 1, 2016

“A Reprieve For Women: Embracing Inclusive Scientific Research”

Check out this recent blog post from Health Affairs that highlights the importance of women’s participation in research that features the REPRIEVE study and the Follow […]
June 29, 2016

Participation of Women with HIV in Clinical Research Trials

New research suggests women with HIV are under-represented in clinical research trials Dr. Mirjam J. Curno and colleagues recently published a study in the Journal of Acquired […]
April 1, 2016

The heart health of women living with HIV matters!

Did you know that women with HIV are 3 times more likely to have a heart attack than women without HIV? Even women who have not […]
July 9, 2024

Understanding the Link Between HIV and Heart Disease

By Alicia Banks, Duke Global Health Institute As Gerald S. Bloomfield, M.D., saw heart patients in Kenya over the past decade, he knew that cardiovascular disease […]
July 9, 2024

“Through the Looking Glass”: Imaging Cardiovascular Risk in Patients With HIV

By Ronak Rajani, Roberta Lima Brum, and Vitaliy Androshchuk HIV affects approximately 45 million people worldwide, making it a major ongoing public health challenge. Although antiretroviral […]
May 2, 2024

Trial Update of Pitavastatin to Prevent Cardiovascular Events in HIV

Abstract The Randomized Trial to Prevent Vascular Events in HIV (REPRIEVE) (Aug. 24 issue of NEJM) was a global trial that assessed pitavastatin calcium as compared […]
May 2, 2024

Coronary plaque in asymptomatic people with HIV vs non-HIV asymptomatic community- and symptomatic higher-risk populations

Abstract Background People with HIV (PWH) have a high burden of coronary plaques; however, the comparison to people without known HIV (PwoH) needs clarification. Objectives The […]
April 4, 2024

Polygenic Scores and Preclinical Cardiovascular Disease in Individuals With HIV: Insights From the REPRIEVE Trial

Abstract Background  Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a leading cause of death among the 38.4 million people with HIV globally. The extent to which cardiovascular polygenic risk […]
April 3, 2024

A Closer Look at the New Statin Therapy Guidelines for Patients With HIV

By Kathleen V. Fitch, Marissa Diggs, and Steve Grinspoon Due to the remarkable strides in the management and support of PWH, life expectancy now almost parallels […]
March 14, 2024

Women with HIV need tailored advice on statins and heart disease risk

By Keith Alcorn The REPRIEVE study of pitavastatin for prevention of cardiovascular disease showed that statins reduced the risk of major cardiovascular events such as heart attack […]
March 13, 2024

Addressing Liver and Cardiovascular Disease among People with HIV and HIV Prevention During Pregnancy: Dr. Dieffenbach’s Second Update from CROI 2024

On Tuesday at the 2024 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), spoke with NIH’s Dr. Carl Dieffenbach about research on common health complications of […]
March 4, 2024

Tools Underestimate Cardiovascular Event Risk in People with HIV: NIH Trial Reveals Need for More Accurate Screening in Black People and Cisgender Women

The elevated cardiovascular disease risk among people with HIV is even greater than predicted by a standard risk calculator in several groups, including Black people and […]